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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: 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.
  2. 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]
  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.