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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a sweet, low-key and satisfying film -- and it deserves a heap of credit for treating its subject with humor and humanity. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A TV-movie-ish love story laden with heavy-handed metaphor... The Theory of Flight is feeble stuff. show more

  • 20
    Dave Kehr New York Daily News

    Theory of Flight follows the standard inspirational formula. [23 Dec. 1998, p.43] show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    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] show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Theory of Flying is actually fairly enjoyable. At least it doesn't drown its message in syrup and cornball sentiment. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 63
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    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] show more

  • 50
    Ray Conlogue The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The difficulty with the film starts with the amount of improbability one must swallow. [24 Dec. 1998, p.D10] show more

  • 60
    New Orleans Times-Picayune

    A key strategic decision in the success of this 100-minute feature is Greengrass' determination to accentuate the humorousness of his salty-tongued heroine and valiantly resist the temptation to sentimentalize her plight. The upshot is a touchingly off-kilter, bravely platonic love story that -- wonder of wonders -- never turns sticky. [5 March 1999, p.L28] show more

  • March 29, 2011 glenara
    Report This User

    This was my first exposure to Helena. I was captivated by her talent and control. It would have ben easy to over play this role..but she nailed it. There are Oscars in this ladies future. George Boyce, Glenara Productions, USA, PA

  • May 09, 2009 Bob Lingle
    Report This User

    From beginning to end I just loved this movie. The stars really proved themselves and captured my attention throughout the film.

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