Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33

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  1. A tense, concise and elegantly shot film.
  2. 88
    The movie's excellence comes from Foster's performance as a resourceful and brave woman; from Bean, Sarsgaard and the members of the cabin crew, all with varying degrees of doubt; from the screenplay by Peter A. Dowling and Billy Ray; and from the direction by Robert Schwentke.
  3. For at least two-thirds of its length, all elements combine for a taut thriller, a Hitchcockian exercise in suspense pitting human frailty - can our minds be trusted? - against human resourcefulness.
  4. Far-fetched but deliciously exciting aerial nail-biter.
  5. 70
    Until those final moments, Flightplan succeeds admirably, both as a sophisticated psychological thriller and as an example of, if not great art, then superb craftsmanship.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Has a routine finish but up to that point is a more than decent thriller--or, given its taut self-containment, a more than decent Hitchcockian "exercise in suspense."
  7. Jodie Foster's fiercely intelligent performance drives this disappointing thriller, whose taut, carefully constructed first half is sadly negated by its implausible and -- worst of all -- unengaging conclusion.
  8. 63
    Doesn't have its heroine's conviction. It'd be better if it had.
  9. This thriller is effective if you can accept that--as with some of John Dickson Carr's locked-room mysteries--the trickiness counts more than any plausibility.
  10. 60
    Schwentke handles the claustrophobic environment efficiently enough, though he dallies too long before letting anxiety give way to action.
  11. 60
    Becomes more satisfying than the stock thriller–star vehicle it begins and ends as.
  12. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    An enthralling, enjoyable if ultimately far-fetched thriller.
  13. 58
    A thriller that goes from pretty good to absolutely ludicrous in the time it takes one actor to recite about four sentences of dialogue.
  14. Since Foster plays warming-up-for-a-straitjacket panic with a clenched intensity rare to behold in a Hollywood actress, I, for one, was rooting for the radical -- that is, nuthouse -- option.
  15. 50
    But coming on the heels of "Red Eye," which is nothing if not an efficient thrill machine, Flightplan can only look conspicuously flat by comparison.
  16. A thriller of passive virtues, the steely intensity of Jodie Foster notwithstanding. It's not too violent. It's not assaultive. Even James Horner's music plays it cool.
  17. Sean Bean makes a positive impression as the caring but puzzled captain of the flight, though Peter Sarsgaard flies at half-mast as a clumsy air marshal.
  18. Despite excellent elements - great actress, taut plot, slick visuals - Flightplan is like airplane food. No matter how good the ingredients the air chef has to work with, the entree inevitably ends up tasting like a Xerox of a facsimile of a meal.
  19. 50
    The latest motion picture to take an intriguing premise and flush it into the septic tank.
  20. To watch Ms. Foster storm through a phony airplane for an entire movie has its very minor pleasures - given the numerous close-ups, you can study her lovely face at your leisure - but there is nothing here to feed the head or fray the nerves.
  21. The movie loses some of its initial atmospheric tension as paranoid thrills give way to Rambo high jinks.
  22. There is something really nasty about this cold, calculating exercise in mob psychology and human venality.
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This B-list thriller portrays air crews as inept, at best, and callous and cruel at worst.
  24. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Largely undone by a script that self-destructs in the third act of an otherwise well-made thriller.
  25. The plot is contingent on everything going perfectly in ways no one can possibly predict, right down to the most outlandish happenstance of timing and human behavior.
  26. By the final act, involving possibly the most far-fetched scheme since Dr. Evil aimed his death ray at Earth in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," the indifference has become completely contagious.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    I'd like to say that Flightplan is one of those white-knuckle, edge-of-your-seat thrill rides that critics are always raving about, but instead, it's more like a transatlantic flight with no clear destination, where the cabin noise makes it impossible to sleep and the in-flight movie is a rerun.
  28. 50
    As it is, Flightplan is half of a pretty good movie. But to maintain that impression, I recommend you take a nap for the last 40 minutes.
  29. Flightplan should have remained grounded for repairs.
  30. 40
    An exercise in edgy tedium, and even though it's only 90 minutes or so, it seems to last longer than an actual transatlantic flight. If you bring an eye mask and a few sleeping pills, you should get through it OK. A magazine or book wouldn't hurt, either. It'll be over before you know it.
  31. As the movie enters its final chapter, you will come to the sad, sickening realization that the filmmakers have played you for a chump. What seemed so smart, so well crafted and finely tuned, falls apart into a flaming heap of c---, and all goodwill is dashed.
  32. 38
    Absurdity has a new name: Flightplan.
  33. 25
    This movie demands that the viewer -- and even its own characters -- turn into thumb-sucking 3-year-olds with no need for plausibility or logic, as long as there are lots of flashing lights and whooshing noises emanating from the screen.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 61
  2. Negative: 16 out of 61
  1. Aug 19, 2016
    Flightplan is the kind of bad movie that does not even bother to kill Sean Bean. Is that a spoiler of some sorts now? Well, anyways, he doesFlightplan is the kind of bad movie that does not even bother to kill Sean Bean. Is that a spoiler of some sorts now? Well, anyways, he does not die and that is always indicative of a bad movie. Flightplan has an interesting premise with a good lead turn from Jodie Foster, but really just falls apart as the film progresses. As a short film, it could have been okay. By that, I mean if it ended after 40 minutes we would have been just fine here. Unfortunately, the film decides to show its hand too early and the ending is ludicrous and out of this world stupid. As the film progresses into the absurd, the tension vanishes and the film sputters into disappointment. This very interesting premise really falls apart and would have been well served not being limited by being on a plane. The only redeeming factors are the tension and mystery that abound in the first third of the film, as well as the acting from Jodie Foster and Sean Bean. Otherwise, Flightplan needed to crash and put everyone out of their misery. Full Review »
  2. May 23, 2016
    This movie was absolutely amazing. So good that in the beginning I started to think that Jodie's character was experiencing some type ofThis movie was absolutely amazing. So good that in the beginning I started to think that Jodie's character was experiencing some type of anxiety.

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  3. Dec 19, 2015
    Flightplan was a shocking and dramatic film , where a mother searching for her missing daughter on a plane flying , and most have not beenFlightplan was a shocking and dramatic film , where a mother searching for her missing daughter on a plane flying , and most have not been able to find , because the plot was a bit crazy , and with a performance , semi - exaggerated Jodie Foster, but it was a rather impressively movie . Full Review »