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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. 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 the dogfights which were pretty intense. Worth watching! Collapse

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