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  • Summary: In this action adventure, U.S. Navy pilots are part of a close-knit elite division of test pilots flying highly classified stealth fighter jets. (Sony)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 31
  2. Negative: 15 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    75
    Stick it out through the first ten incoherent minutes or so, and Stealth is an invigorating reward, especially the tense final half-hour.
  2. This giddy summer extravaganza does deliver aerial thrills with eye-dazzling visuals and ear-smacking (though beautifully designed) sound.
  3. A slick piece of summer entertainment that is counting on elaborate special effects to make its derivative, convoluted story line all but irrelevant.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Aiming to join the Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay school of American movie war games, Stealth is just too dumb to make the grade.
  5. If Stealth were a recruitment film for aircraft-carrier duty, one would be tempted to say, "Mission accomplished." As a feature film, it's a washout.
  6. Brought down by repeated bursts of high absurdity.
  7. It's not new. It's not interesting. I wish it would go away.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 40
  2. Negative: 22 out of 40
  1. SpankTheChicken
    Jan 5, 2006
    10
    This film gets 10/10 if simply for Jessica Biel. Where do women as beautiful as this hide? I never see them come into the McDonalds I work at. Anyway, back on topic, the film is an average action film but she completes the movie. Expand
  2. joesomebody
    Dec 4, 2005
    10
    I thought the movie was OUTSTANDING... went and saw it twice. The effects COMPLETELY blew me away from the opening scenes.
  3. Tonydannie
    Jan 11, 2006
    8
    Is this movie Perfect? No. Is it horrible? NO! This movie was fun. Jamie Foxx a bit of a show off. The man staeling the Show is none other then Josh Lucas. This guy is going places folks. And The AI sounding like Hal from 2001, though some people hated the cliche. I enjoyed it. Give it a chance. And what is the deal with Jessica Biel's arms.? You are a chick!! Not a dude!! Expand
  4. Sam
    Oct 14, 2005
    6
    The thing that I hated most about stealth, not to say that I hated the movie, it really was decent, but the worst thing about it was it looked like a fantastic epic full great plot twists with some of the best special effects ever, basically it had so much promise, and it wasted it. comPLETELY wasted it. Through it down the toilet, gone. Expand
  5. MarkB.
    Jan 21, 2006
    5
    Besides being the Year of the Penguin, 2005 will be remembered as the movie year in which moviegoers re-embraced the R-rated movie comedy (Yay!) and rejected the Big, Expensive Action Movie Without A Brain In Its Head (YAY!!) Michael Bay and Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) are two of the more recent auteurs of this genre; of the two, Cohen is far less offensive because of his sheer unpretentiousness; he's a bubblegum moviemaker who's secure in the knowledge that he IS one, and embraces his essential inner Bazooka Joe-ness. Just as well that Cohen's latest, about a military superplane that defies orders when it (he?) feels it (he?) has the right to or knows more than its (his?) human operators bombed in theaters, because it's actually fairly effective on DVD as a "six-pack movie": the more of the six-pack you drink the better (or at least less idiotic) it is, and it helps even more if you can get through TWO six-packs while watching it! You don't expect such offbeat talents as screenwriter W. D. Richter (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Home for the Holidays) and playwright/actor Sam Shepard to be anywhere near this (or any other Cohen film) although Shepard is actually quite good as the well-meaning but corrupt force behind the project; otherwise, Stealth comes off as an amiable cross between Blue Thunder and Top Gun without the hysterical semi-alarmism of the former or the obnoxious jingoism of the latter. Stealth's greatest strength and greatest weakness are actually one and the same: it's smart enough to ask the question of whether war should be waged as a video game or up close and personal (an issue that, in a way, got Bill Maher and Politically Incorrect thrown off ABC) but dumb enough to include so many candy-colored visuals, and take such delight in blowing stuff up real good that it undercuts its own very real, intelligent questions and becomes exactly the same thing it's criticizing. I'm sure that it's no coincidence that Cohen voice-casts the superplane to sound just like HAL the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey; in fact, I was mildly disappointed that the stealth bomber didn't get around to treating us to a chorus of "A Bicycle Built For Two". Expand
  6. Philter137
    Sep 16, 2005
    5
    Well... I wasn't expecting a great movie, so I wasn't disappointed, I left feeling vaugely satisfied. A good variety of locations and settings, good explosions, some nice action concepts and I really liked the look of the Talon aircraft. I'm a big fan of Jet aircraft and carriers, so I really *wanted* to like this movie, but it just didn't fly. There were a load of problems with Stealth, I had a problem with the blimp-shaped floating refueling station - in the real world that thing would be a tactical nightmare to defend and one of the screens in the command centre seemed to imply that there were loads of these expensive, highly explosive, easy-to-shoot sitting ducks dotted around the globe. Can you see a government approving a station like that? I was able to stomach the cliches for the most part, the problem that ruined "stealth" most in my view was the "overdone" feel of the cgi during the battle scenes - The 'camera' panning and pitching wildly, the overuse of tight close ups on the jets as they streak by. It was too 'furious' from the start of each battle - This kind of visual feel needed to be at the climax of each battle scene, not in every in every single shot! The makers of this flick need to watch Top Gun again, drop as many cliches as possible and make a different movie. Expand
  7. MalcomM.
    Oct 27, 2005
    2
    To quote M.E.Russell of Portland Oregonian, "While you're in the theater, it's actually -- heaven help me -- pretty fun to watch." He should have added also: "And while you're at home watching Stealth on DVD, it's really -- heaven forbid -- more fun watching yourself jerk-off while watching the movie!" It's war porn special effects on speed! Other than that, a one hell of a nincompoop dumbdumb flight to nonsensical oblivion! Better off watching Captain Kangaroo cartoons. Expand

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