Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
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  1. 60
    With his bleached-blond hair, implacable European accent, and nerdy devotion to cool rationality, Ribisi acts like a cross between a young Reich officer and the Comic Book Guy from "The Simpsons," and his unashamed hamminess steals the movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Fox
    50
    This half-hearted, half-witted remake of Robert Aldrich's compelling 1965 tale of survival, ingenuity, and teamwork generates no heat.
  3. While it certainly looks swell thanks to director John Moore's striking visuals, the wings of this rebuilt "Phoenix" have been clipped by generic scripting and a short supply of dramatic tension.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Shows both how far Hollywood's tech departments have advanced in 40 years and how shallow the pool of solid action thesps has become.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    There's nothing like dumbing down a movie grown-ups love so it can be "sold" to teens who aren't going to go anyway. The savvy flyer will proceed to the gate marked The "Aviator" instead.
  6. So what's the point of doing it a second time if you can't make it more realistic?
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    It's a shame that no one involved with Flight of the Phoenix knew what a hit phenomenon "Lost" would be, or else they might have taken greater care in developing the challenges this crew would face.
  8. 50
    Silly to the last drop of rationed water.
  9. 50
    Because I had, in a sense, already seen this movie, it didn't have surprises or suspense for me, and the actors on their own aren't enough to save it.
  10. While still trumpeting human ingenuity, the new movie lacks the subtlety, character development and exceptional ensemble acting of the 1965 version.
  11. 50
    This new low-octane version is hardly going to make anyone forget Robert Aldrich's semi-classic, testosterone-laden original starring Jimmy Stewart.
  12. 50
    This Phoenix screams hack job.
  13. 50
    But, in the end, it may be that man against sand isn't as thrilling as it was back in the day.
  14. 40
    By the end, though, it's all too much what it seems, a literalist adventure with a socko "Twilight Zone" twist that's finally too little, too late.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    The first-act crash is admittedly spectacular and the ending adequately suspenseful, but what comes between is disappointingly routine and completely lacks the kind character complexity that made the original a thrill every step of the way.
  16. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    40
    The whole film appears over-blown and pumped up on marketing steroids.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. May 16, 2011
    9
    An easily enjoyable remake that wasn't as good as the first, but it still manages to rise as it's own and maintains a sense of drama andAn easily enjoyable remake that wasn't as good as the first, but it still manages to rise as it's own and maintains a sense of drama and suspense that draws you into it Full Review »
  2. JaredC.
    Aug 16, 2007
    9
    Stylishly imperfected with a mess of catagorious amount of flaws deeply researched into. With all its strength, its a fun movie from Stylishly imperfected with a mess of catagorious amount of flaws deeply researched into. With all its strength, its a fun movie from beginning to end. Full Review »