The Theory of Flight


Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. New Orleans Times-Picayune
    Reviewed by: David Baron
    Jun 2, 2013
    A key strategic decision in the success of this 100-minute feature is Greengrass' determination to accentuate the humorousness of his salty-tongued heroine and valiantly resist the temptation to sentimentalize her plight. The upshot is a touchingly off-kilter, bravely platonic love story that -- wonder of wonders -- never turns sticky. [5 March 1999, p.L28]
  2. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Jun 2, 2013
    The Theory of Flight, an unlikely marriage of malady movie and romantic comedy, never quite soars, but beats its wings with the desperate tenacity of a wounded butterfly. Alas, the proportion of lift to drag isn't quite enough to defy the gravity of its subject.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jun 2, 2013
    A TV-movie-ish love story laden with heavy-handed metaphor... The Theory of Flight is feeble stuff.
  4. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Ray Conlogue
    Jun 2, 2013
    The difficulty with the film starts with the amount of improbability one must swallow. [24 Dec. 1998, p.D10]
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Jun 2, 2013
    A risky idea only occasionally gets both wheels off the ground in "The Theory of Flight," a sometimes wryly amusing, oftimes dramatically awkward story
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 2, 2013
    [A] gimmicky actors' holiday.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Lim
    Jun 2, 2013
    Earnest and misguided in equal measure, The Theory of Flightis ostensibly a bold and rare attempt at depicting disabled people as sexual beings, but the notion is couched in such spurious and schematic terms that the film never really stands a chance.

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