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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
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. 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.
  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
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Jun 2, 2013
    20
    Theory of Flight follows the standard inspirational formula. [23 Dec. 1998, p.43]

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