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. 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
    70
    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. 63
    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.
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 »