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  • Summary: A dreamer who aspires to human flight is assigned public service after one of his attempts off a public building. This leads him to meeting a young woman, who is dying of motor neuron disease. The strong-willed woman admits her wish to be de-flowered before her death. The man, struggling to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend, declines but offers to help pay for a gigolo to do the deed. The following events play off the inherent comedy and drama of the circumstances. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Jun 2, 2013
    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. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 2, 2013
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    The difficulty with the film starts with the amount of improbability one must swallow. [24 Dec. 1998, p.D10]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Jun 2, 2013
    Theory of Flight follows the standard inspirational formula. [23 Dec. 1998, p.43]

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