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
  1. Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Jun 2, 2013
    75
    Greengrass' direction is uninspired, but there is powerful chemistry between a workmanlike Branagh and (real-life girlfriend) Bonham Carter. And her original, seductive and always believable turn as the difficult-but-lovable Jane raises the movie above all its flaws. [23 Dec. 1998, p.44]
  2. 75
    It's a sweet, low-key and satisfying film -- and it deserves a heap of credit for treating its subject with humor and humanity.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 2, 2013
    75
    The Theory of Flight is far from a perfect movie, but it offers enough highlights that, on balance, it's worth a recommendation. The solid acting camouflages a great many other deficiencies.
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Futterman
    Jun 2, 2013
    63
    What saves the movie from taking a nose-dive is the confident performance of Helena Bonham Carter and some genuinely funny scenes involving her character. She plays Jane, a smart, feisty, rebellious young woman who is confined to a wheelchair because she is dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). [22 Jan. 1999, p.E3]
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Jun 2, 2013
    63
    The Theory of Flight is built from the kind of material that either soars or crashes with audiences. And here, it doesn't quite hold together. But if the film, as a whole, never takes flight, the actors do. Watching them bicker and sail up is so delightful, you only wish their vehicle could keep them aloft longer.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 2, 2013
    63
    The Theory of Flying is actually fairly enjoyable. At least it doesn't drown its message in syrup and cornball sentiment.

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