The Theory of Flight

Metascore
48

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
    60
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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
    50
    [A] gimmicky actors' holiday.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Lim
    Jun 2, 2013
    40
    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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