Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. An excellent job of retaining key elements of the original plot but have created a whole new set of characters that gives the film an entirely contemporary feel.
  2. This is high-carb filmmaking at its finest. When it's all over, you'll have a knot in your stomach.
  3. Effective action, solid suspense, excellent Ribisi, plus enough clichés to equal the grains of Gobi sand that fill the screen.
  4. Refreshingly, it's actually about action, albeit arbitrary action, and how it defines us and keeps us alive.
  5. The old-fashioned theme of disaster as an existential test of character still works.
  6. Ends up feeling like the sort of leisurely man's-man adventure movie you used to be able to catch on Sunday afternoon TV.
  7. The action is thrilling enough.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    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.
  12. So what's the point of doing it a second time if you can't make it more realistic?
  13. 50
    This new low-octane version is hardly going to make anyone forget Robert Aldrich's semi-classic, testosterone-laden original starring Jimmy Stewart.
  14. While still trumpeting human ingenuity, the new movie lacks the subtlety, character development and exceptional ensemble acting of the 1965 version.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  16. 50
    Silly to the last drop of rationed water.
  17. 50
    But, in the end, it may be that man against sand isn't as thrilling as it was back in the day.
  18. 50
    This Phoenix screams hack job.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Fox
    This half-hearted, half-witted remake of Robert Aldrich's compelling 1965 tale of survival, ingenuity, and teamwork generates no heat.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Shows both how far Hollywood's tech departments have advanced in 40 years and how shallow the pool of solid action thesps has become.
  21. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  22. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    The whole film appears over-blown and pumped up on marketing steroids.
  23. 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.
  24. This clunky remake can't rise from the ashes, nor would you want it to.
  25. 38
    This remake replaces suspense with boredom and witty dialogue with lame lines any self-respecting actor should be embarrassed to utter.
  26. The countdown begins with the first negative integer — an amped-up score that overpowers the proceedings like a bad band at a high-school dance.
  27. It's a botched job...the new "Phoenix" lacks the very things that made the old one special.
  28. A moth-eaten stranded-in-the-desert yarn that throws in every cheap trick in the manual to pump up your heartbeat, is so manipulative that the involuntary jolts of adrenaline it produces make you feel like a fool.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. May 16, 2011
    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 and suspense that draws you into it Full Review »
  2. JaredC.
    Aug 16, 2007
    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 »