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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Flyboys doesn't succeed as a wartime adventure story or as a period romance. Even the special effects, set in a historical context, are too ho-hum to save this over-long and tedious film. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Shot like a Disney period piece (prettily, with spiffy props, shiny vintage vehicles, and costumes just back from the cleaners), Flyboys introduces its squadron the old-fashioned way: with character-establishing setups. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    A decidedly old-fashioned war film that reaches for epic sweep but is often bogged down in cliched drama and two-dimensional characters. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    While the aerial dogfights are handsome and apparently historically accurate, right down to the tracer bullets that leave graceful, crisscrossing trails in the clouds, they have a video-game feel. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie's straightforward and ingratiating, and as pretty-boy history lessons go, it's a lot less obnoxious than "Pearl Harbor." show more

  • 63
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Part of what makes these kind of war movies such cinematic comfort food (aside from the moral certainty they strive to convey) is their familiarity. But I wonder if said familiarity is what compels contemporary filmmakers to overstuff the material -- Flyboys is a good two hours and 20 minutes. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Just about everything in the video-gamey World War I picture Flyboys rings false, although the planes certainly are terrific. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Flyboys is so schematic and contrived, you can anticipate exactly what scene is going to come next, and who will be the next to die in combat, once you latch onto the structure of the script, which has all the inventiveness and ingenuity of a flow chart. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Besides some fine dogfight sequences, it often feels threadbare, just an exercise in recycling. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The computer-generated flying effects are the only reason to see the movie, but at some point somebody left the computer on too long, so it went ahead and spat out the script. show more

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