Flyboys

Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. 70
    A highly enjoyable programmer about those brave young men and their rickety flying machines.
  2. As imaginatively as some of them are staged, the action scenes are never authentically gripping. This seems to be the hidden handicap of our new digital filmmaking era in which all big action sequences are generated in the computer and look vaguely like cartoons.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    Part of what makes these kind of war movies such cinematic comfort food (aside from the moral certainty they strive to convey) is their familiarity. But I wonder if said familiarity is what compels contemporary filmmakers to overstuff the material -- Flyboys is a good two hours and 20 minutes.
  4. While the aerial dogfights are handsome and apparently historically accurate, right down to the tracer bullets that leave graceful, crisscrossing trails in the clouds, they have a video-game feel.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    The movie's straightforward and ingratiating, and as pretty-boy history lessons go, it's a lot less obnoxious than "Pearl Harbor."
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. Nov 23, 2011
    8
    Heavily underrated movie. Good story with an interesting topic: WW1 flight aces are a rare film topic to find. I especially liked theHeavily underrated movie. Good story with an interesting topic: WW1 flight aces are a rare film topic to find. I especially liked the dogfights which were pretty intense. Worth watching! Full Review »
  2. TonyB.
    Aug 31, 2008
    8
    This is among the more underrated films I've seen in a long time. It was a pleasant surprise that deserved far more critical and This is among the more underrated films I've seen in a long time. It was a pleasant surprise that deserved far more critical and commercial success than it got. Well written, directed, acted, photographed, edited and scored, "Flyboys" was both exciting and quite moving as well. Full Review »
  3. GrantC.
    Jul 29, 2008
    10
    If you were a flight simulator ace, this is an excellent film. It truly picks out what it's like to go to war as a fighter pilot back in If you were a flight simulator ace, this is an excellent film. It truly picks out what it's like to go to war as a fighter pilot back in the early 1900's. Great Overall! Full Review »