“Stealth Goes In Unexpected Directions And Turns Out To Be A Tremendously Entertaining Film.”
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
The stars are asked to chew on the driest of technobabble, and to strike poses of flyboy and flygirl moxie that make them look callow rather than heroic.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Has the makings of a kitsch classic.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
It's not new. It's not interesting. I wish it would go away.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The dialogue is often drowned out by engine noise.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Stealth is a pretty fair military-hardware action movie until you start thinking about it -- at which point it turns incredibly sour in your mouth.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
If we're going to be fighting the war on terror in perpetuity, could we at least get better movies out of it?
Ed Halter - Village Voice
Stealth is flimsy and forgettable, but it does have a few worthy action and special-effects sequences.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Beyond mind-numbing explosions, Stealth's effects are good, especially the whooshing flight scenes. But as Eddie shows, humanity matters, and computer wizardry won't fill an empty plot.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
It ain't brain surgery, but Stealth is one of the smartest stupid movies of the summer.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Hollywood hokum? Absolutely. Pop-culture propaganda? Perhaps. Yet Stealth goes beyond feeding our popcorn proclivities.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Stealth is a offense against taste, intelligence and the noise pollution code -- a dumbed-down Top Gun crossed with the HAL 9000 plot from 2001.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Stealth's strengths are obvious -- high-tech marvels and a good cast -- so are its flaws. At its worst moments, a mad robot seems to have taken over the movie, too.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
If Stealth were a recruitment film for aircraft-carrier duty, one would be tempted to say, 'Mission accomplished.' As a feature film, it's a washout.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
While Stealth repeatedly hits air pockets of plot nonsense, Cohen provides [fun] in abundance.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
[Stealth] is the filmic embodiment of all that is indulgent, gratuitous and downright dumb in pop culture.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The movie is absolutely consistent -- it's just as wildly improbable at the end as in the beginning.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Aiming to join the Jerry BruckheimerJerry Bruckheimer/Michael BayMichael Bay school of American movie war games, Stealth is just too dumb to make the grade.
Robert Koehler - Variety
Stealth is so over-painted with CGI that it doesn't look as real as the sequence starring Shepard that inspired it in The Right Stuff, a movie made with model airplanes.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Stealth flirts with competence when it reprises Behind Enemy Lines, and staggers into hilarious ineptitude when it borrows from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Stealth manages to be so ridiculously unconvincing you think you're watching a live-action version of last year's sublime action-movie puppet satire Team America.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Cohen is no stranger to cornball excess but Stealth is his chef-d'oeuvre, a movie so audaciously preposterous and jingoistic it plays like a parody of the genre.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Overlong, disjointed, and rarely compelling, Stealth has the capacity to put viewers into a catatonic state.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The movie does deliver the video game goods but strands its characters in a no-man's-land of crude characterizations and silly dialogue.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A slick piece of summer entertainment that is counting on elaborate special effects to make its derivative, convoluted story line all but irrelevant.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
...a crude Jerry Bruckheimer knock-off with a laughably insipid script...
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
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Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Memorable for being forgettable.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Neither entertaining nor exciting, the dumb and noisy Stealth will hopefully live up to its name by fading quietly from movie theaters.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
- Time Out
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
- Sydney Morning Herald
It's basically the videogame version of Top Gun... on steroids!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Undoubtedly a perfect example of everything that's wrong with contemporary action flicks, although the movie isn't quite as bad as it's been made out to be.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
... a chocolate-coated mothball, tasty enough on the outside but unsafe to swallow...
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A technical marvel, but an uninvolving failure at an emotional level.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
- AV Club
Ends up resembling its robot plane: fast, sleek, soulless and monotone.
Chris Carle - IGN Movies
I went into this film not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Ha boas ideias espalhadas aleatoriamente ao longo do roteiro; pena que sao massacradas pela presenca organizada de bobagens.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Stealth offers a plot so laughably preposterous that you halfway expect instructions to flash on the screen with a point tally in the corner.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Ultimately, however, how much can you act when you're confined most of the time in an ultra-cramped cockpit -- even if you do have a golden statuette?
Michael Szymanski - Sci-Fi Weekly
Some of us, however, are at least as interested in software as hardware, which often makes Stealth tedious going.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Just imagine the hilarious genre-spoofing Team America: World Police sans puppets without the jokes...
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Some genuinely enjoyable and surprisingly dove-like parts, hidden in a clumsy homage to 2001.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Weakly written and cynically contrived ...
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It's hard to completely hate this, hokey as it is, because you still want to root for the good guys in the end.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
For at least the first hour, Stealth is a SAEBCPSOS (Shockingly and Excruciatingly Boring Columbia Pictures Sack of S---).
Tim Appelo - Seattle Weekly
More of a flying turkey than a tale of airborne action, "Stealth" begins to nosedive moments from its liftoff until it spirals out of control about half-way through.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Stealth isn't clever and has no sense of humour about itself.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Stealth offers the kind of razzle dazzle action Michael Bay only thinks he creates.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
- Empire Magazine
Completely oblivious to it's own inherent stupidity.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Has little more than color and motion going for it.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Boy, that Jessica Biel sure is hot. And, boy, those videogames sure are fun. So, if you like Jessica Biel and videogames, go see Stealth
Luke Y. Thompson - Los Angeles CityBeat
A premise with paltry propulsion.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The blueprints for Stealth called for long-forgotten spare parts, and the end result will likely cause a box-office crash.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
The scent of scorched popcorn movie is in the air ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
So cosmically god-awful that it raises the bar for such upcoming titles as Dukes of Hazzard, Deuce Bigalow and SuperCross.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Full of explosive mayhem and pulse-quickening aerial combat, this high-flying action romp offers polished, if derivative entertainment.
Neil Smith - BBC
Witless but marginally watchable for almost 70 minutes of its bloated 120-minute length - until it begins to take itself entirely too seriously.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
A movie filled with dumb moments.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Cohen undermines his own effort to make a 21st century Top Gun by using so many quick cuts and zooms that we can't even appreciate the action sequences. I almost got motion sickness.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Flies completely under the entertainment radar
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Young, dumb and full of fun.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The movie's shallow script, plastic acting, and Fourth of July explosions seem more appropriate for a pricey boxed game at Best Buy.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
It seems as if it were a video game gone amok.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Stealth flails around with cheesy techno-babble, a lame attempt at an inter-office romance between Lucas and Biel, and a bizarre final act that reeks of desperation.
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice) - Boxoffice Magazine
Doesn't really generate any emotion at all other than apathy.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Stealth is a 'check your brain at the door' sort of action film for those who just want the amusement park ride... and don't worry about whether it makes any sense
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Rob Cohen Has Officially Killed More Brain Cells Than Drugs & Alcohol
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Plays like a slapdash assemblage of the greatest hits of conspiracy-minded action cinema.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The noise is so headache-inducing that we welcome even the silly dialogue that forms at least part of the movie when the characters are on the ground.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
This material brings out the worst instincts in director Rob Cohen.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This is best watched while on illegal drugs, not that I'm advocating that sort of behavior....
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
- Boston Phoenix
Stealth is nothing but a big, dumb summer action flick - with a strong emphasis on "dumb."
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Stealth is about absolutely nothing, and pretty much everything at the same time: terrorism, technology, warfare, grungy alt-rock, conflicted choices and cool flying footage.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Instantly disposable effort.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Visually and sonically boisterous, Stealth updates Top Gun, but with special effects replacing plot and character development.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Checks should be mailed to the estate of Stanley Kubrick for the brazen lifts from 2001: A Space Odyssey and a small one from Dr. Strangelove.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's nothing you haven't seen in Behind Enemy Lines, but it does provide Biel one more opportunity to start stripping.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Kara ejects over North Korea and before you can say "Owen Wilson," she's scampering all over mountaintops and dark plains.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Stealth breaks the astound barrier before you can say, 'Woo-hoo, that blew up real good!'
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
The latest and, in many ways, most preposterous hunk of big-screen action to come out of Hollywood in some time.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
I know I'm your agent, babe, but I gotta come clean with you - maybe picking Stealth as your first movie after Ray wasn't a very good idea.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
The script has just enough ideas, however bluntly expressed, to lift it from the eye-candy pack.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Stealth doesn't so much crash and burn as just fly and fade into its CGI-created sunset.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Stealth succeeds in satisfying a dozen different pubescent fantasies while simultaneously violating every aspect of logic and good taste.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
No matter how hard Cohen flogs it, whips it, beats it, shakes it, kicks it and prods it with a sharp stick, Stealth, his latest, just doesn't spring to life.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Aggressively stupid and blissfully unaware of it, Stealth follows a robot plane on a journey of self-awareness.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
A dull aerial action film.
- E! Online
Watching Stealth, you can't help but wonder why the filmmakers didn't save themselves (and Sony Pictures) a lot of time and money and just make a video game instead of a movie.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Rob Cohen's airborne adventure Stealth commits the cardinal sin for an action movie: It's very, very dull.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
"Stealth" hits the target dead on.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
'Team America' without puppets.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Its muddled ending goes a long way toward negating positive memories of its candy sugar rush.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This is the sort of action movie that, in spite of its title, you can see coming a mile away.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The script is borderline terrible.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- Baltimore Sun
Even by the degraded standards of dim-witted summer blockbusters, this is sorry stuff.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
There is little to recommend beyond the action sequences, unless you like your arrogant-America, flag-waving jingoism taken to extreme lengths.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
... Watching this movie becomes physically painful.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Harsh and tasteless, it doesn't even qualify as a popcorn movie. Popcorn, at least, has some taste to it, and a certain airiness.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
[A] hilariously absurd slice of American cheese...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Competent and entertaining, ridiculous and fun.
Sean O'Connell - Flipside Movie Emporium
Stealth is a dreadful, forgettable, abusive motion picture, and it makes the January stinker Alone in the Dark look Kubrickian in comparison.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
This rip-roaring action movie is great fun if you don't engage your brain
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Stealth is squarely aimed at the game boy (and, because of Jessica Biel, game girl) demographic who will salivate over the Play Station version
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Has Stealth shown up on your radar? Shoot it down before it steals 2 hours of your life.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Hey, its not like we came to this movie for its plot or anything.
Tracy Allerton - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Recycled Top Gun thrills with three hot-shot pilots and a rogue American droid fighter plane.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Almost apocalyptic in its stupidity
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
...director Rob Cohen and screenwriter W.D. Richter go for the basics, using "Frankenstein's" lightening bolt to give life to "2001's" HAL with wings
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Will please non-discriminating action hounds while leaving everyone else in search of a little meat unfulfilled. It's as fun as it is instantly forgettable.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Stealth should live up to its name by flying into and out of theaters without anyone knowing it was even there.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
You know the old joke about military intelligence being an oxymoron? Stealth proves it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
You'll groan, you'll wince, you'll gasp, but you won't be bored -- and if you stay through the end credits, you'll be rewarded with a perfectly ridiculous capper.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Its name is a likely indicator of its performance at the box office.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A movie about a robotic, super-intelligent warplane with a second act that consists of court-martials, generic rescue missions, and people sneaking around with crowbars.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Lucas insists, "I just don't think war should become some kind of video game." Too late.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
This movie hated me from the opening scene; two hours later, the feeling was more than mutual.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Stealth is a widescreen video game, except all the audience can do is watch instead of grabbing a joystick and playing along.
Meg Jones - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A phallic masterpiece. My testosterone level went up 10%.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
...so many beautiful explosions here that `Stealth' might work as a fetish film for pyromaniacs.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
After 110 minutes of this, atheists will storm monasteries and acrophobics will scale redwood trees, anything to find an oasis of calm.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
A flashy piece of artificial intelligence that travels at Mach-5 but goes nowhere.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
When your movie is about a magical talking airplane, and yet the magical talking airplane is not the silliest thing about the movie, then you should not make any more movies.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Move over, Michael Bay. The Island is no longer the loudest, dumbest movie of the summer.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The sort of movie that makes you pine for Michael Bay.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
A headache and tinnitus.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
An unholy combination of 'Dr. Strangelove' and '2001' that manages to trash both those Kubrick masterpieces at once.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Preposterous and predictable, Stealth hides 2 pleasures under its wings. It is laughably bad, and it provides the adrenaline pumping thrills of a video game.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Despite its creative premise involving a robotic and intelligent fighter jet which goes bad, is remarkably uncreative in coming up with a story that actually makes use of this cool toy.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Anyone with a Playstation 2, surround sound, and an aerial combat game can duplicate, if not surpass, this dismal display.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Reflects Cohen's own aesthetic modus operandi of replacing all traces of humanity with digitized artificiality.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
...this pseudo-stylish yet laughable flyboy fable runs out of some serious fuel in the storytelling department...glaringly unimaginative as a thumping techno-thriller
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Daisy, Daisy I'll blow you out of the sky / I'm half crazy, seen Top Gun too many times...a plumb guilty pleasure.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
For a prime example of Hollywood's dearth of imagination one need look no further than STEALTH
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
I'm not sure if I should club it to death or hug it.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Top Gun's Best of the Best meet 2001's Hal in Rob Cohen's latest sensorial attack, a derivative action-adventure that's basically an ultra-produced videogame
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com