Metascore
53

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. 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.
  2. 60
    Schwentke handles the claustrophobic environment efficiently enough, though he dallies too long before letting anxiety give way to action.
  3. 60
    Becomes more satisfying than the stock thriller–star vehicle it begins and ends as.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    60
    An enthralling, enjoyable if ultimately far-fetched thriller.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    50
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    The latest motion picture to take an intriguing premise and flush it into the septic tank.
  12. 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.
  13. The movie loses some of its initial atmospheric tension as paranoid thrills give way to Rambo high jinks.
  14. There is something really nasty about this cold, calculating exercise in mob psychology and human venality.
  15. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    This B-list thriller portrays air crews as inept, at best, and callous and cruel at worst.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Largely undone by a script that self-destructs in the third act of an otherwise well-made thriller.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    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.
  20. 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.
  21. Flightplan should have remained grounded for repairs.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 58
  2. Negative: 15 out of 58
  1. May 31, 2015
    9
    The plots kicks in and works the actors are on key and believe able. Jodie Foster is trying and her heroism is on edge and gives aThe plots kicks in and works the actors are on key and believe able. Jodie Foster is trying and her heroism is on edge and gives a captivating performance. The script has a few issues some characters are off, I did not believe that Peter Sarsgaard was an air marshal; also Kate Beahan as the villian's side kick was terrible and the people on the plane were rude. The way director Robert Schwentke behind the camera is like Alfred Hitchcock, the cinematography by Florian Ballhaus is impressive and unique. Grade A- Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    6
    Foster puts on a good show here, but Flightplan never really elevates beyond mediocre. Part of this is due to the fact that its plot isFoster puts on a good show here, but Flightplan never really elevates beyond mediocre. Part of this is due to the fact that its plot is implausible to the extent where we don't trust anything in the movie anymore. Full Review »
  3. Nov 15, 2013
    6
    "Flightplan" has a tense and intriguing start and slowly dissolves into a bunch of clichés and loses its effective, suspenseful atmosphere."Flightplan" has a tense and intriguing start and slowly dissolves into a bunch of clichés and loses its effective, suspenseful atmosphere. The acting is excellent, though, and both the directing and the screenplay are an accomplishment. It's just the ending that really bothered me. Full Review »