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  • Summary: Flyboys, the first World War I aviation film in over 40 years, is inspired by the epic, courageous tale of the American young men who would become known as the legendary Lafayette Escadrille. They were ordinary boys who volunteered for the First World War looking for adventure, and in the process, they became heroes. Never before has a movie so accurately portrayed the thrill and danger of the aerial dogfights that played such an integral role in the Allied resistance. (MGM) Expand
  • Director: Tony Bill
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 140 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. 70
    A highly enjoyable programmer about those brave young men and their rickety flying machines.
  2. 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.
  3. 63
    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.
  4. 50
    The aerial dogfights are thrilling, but the script seems to have been written by Snoopy.
  5. Besides some fine dogfight sequences, it often feels threadbare, just an exercise in recycling.
  6. 50
    Despite its empty head and arduous length, Flyboys is ever so nice, in the manner of a Norman Rockwell illustration. The director, Tony Bill, may not be a philosopher but he is a gentleman, moving things along with a tidy, well-mannered hand. In another context, such politesse might feel tonic. Given the state of things, it’s nearly toxic.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    25
    The creators of Flyboys know no image too clichéd, no narrative convention too exhausted and no psychological motivation too pat that it can't do service.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. 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 the early 1900's. Great Overall! Collapse
  2. DominickC.
    Sep 25, 2006
    10
    I just want to say that I truly enjoyed myself at this movie. My wife and I came out with smiles on our faces and felt great! This movie had something that a lot of movies don't have much of anymore...and that is a good story. You care for these characters; care if they live or die. You feel afraid for them as they dogfight in those rickety planes. Elements like honor and country and compassion for others are seen throughout. A well-done treat! Don't miss it. Expand
  3. 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 commercial success than it got. Well written, directed, acted, photographed, edited and scored, "Flyboys" was both exciting and quite moving as well. Expand
  4. DavidL.
    Sep 23, 2006
    7
    Much better than i thought it would be. It's a fun movie in time of not so good movies. It's not tame enough to take small children, but it's a fun movie to see and I can recommend it. Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Dec 18, 2006
    4
    If we had peace in our time, "Flyboys" might've flown, and not blown. It's something of a reactionary film because it repositions "war as an adventure", as opposed to "war as hell". This is the sort of film they made "back in the day" to seduce young men into enlisting. Join the armed forces and frolic in the country with a hot French babe, but since this is a PG-13 offering, the frolic comes with orphans. In the funniest scene(of the unintentional variety), Blaine(James Franco) gives the French urchins a joyride in his plane, who you'd think might be deathly afraid of aircraft since the Germans bombed their house and killed their parents. "Flyboys", to its credit, does make an attempt to be transgressive when Reed(Martin Henderson) talks candidly about the horrors of war, but the tone never truly changes even as the bodies tally up. "Flyboys" isn't boring, just faintly offensive. Expand
  6. Linda
    Mar 1, 2007
    3
    Heard how good it was, BORING, a little romance, want to see a great flick? check out The Guardian!!!! That was awesome!
  7. Elena
    Sep 23, 2006
    0
    Horsefeathers.

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