Flight of the Navigator
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The year is 1978: 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer), playing in the woods near his home, is knocked unconscious. He awakens and heads home, only to find strangers living there. He also finds that the year is 1986, and that he's been officially missing for eight years. NASA officials determine that David was abducted by aliens during his blackout, and hope to scan the boy's brain in order to unlock a few secrets of the universe. Answering the call of a strange, unseen force, David boards a well-hidden spaceship and takes off, guided by the jocular voice of a computer named MAX… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When the film shifts into the action mode in its second half -- the flying saucer returns to aid in David`s rescue -- it becomes quite bright and lively."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Whereas its plot may be derivative--and at several junctures, unconvincing--"Flight of the Navigator" nevertheless manages to develop considerable humor and poignancy from David's predicament and what he does about it."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Appealing children's sci-fi fantasy film, that follows the squeaky-clean Disney formula."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The early CG FX have aged remarkably well, while the slow build-up makes the Spielbergian space adventure all the more fantastic."
‑ Paul M. Bradshaw, Total Film
"Not a particularly original or insightful film of its kind, and marred slightly by the whining of Cramer in the lead role, this is nevertheless enjoyable fare for kids."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If there is more than a little something borrowed from Spielberg, Kleiser's movie is amiably undemanding entertainment that says the right things, albeit without great originality."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This children's adventure turns out to be, despite its title, less of a Star Wars trip than an entertaining variation on the time-travel adventure Back to the Future."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The brain-assaulting sci-fi second half of Flight of the Navigator is made palpable by Cramer, who deftly conveys anguish during the first half. Now, he wants to go home and his gung-ho attitude makes every dumb effect exciting."
‑ Joe Baltake, Philadelphia Daily News
"This appealing children's adventure has just enough quirky touches to keep adults involved as well."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Never brave enough to feel far-reaching (or, ironically, far-fetched, when time-travel and space flight are so popular at the movies), Navigator still fulfills its mission, distracting the family for bang-on an hour and a half."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"There's no mistaking Flight of the Navigator for a really first-rate children's picture like, say, The Black Stallion. But Flight of the Navigator is an enjoyable film that encourages kids to use their heads."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Instead of creating an eye-opening panorama, Flight of the Navigator looks through the small end of the telescope. Life on Earth is magnified but without an expansive vision."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Flight of the Navigator, in spite of a rough beginning, soars as it should, taking a child on the journey of his life."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Cramer gives a spirited performance as the title character. Director Randal Kleiser uses a deft touch with his material. The result is a Navigator that's out-of-this-world fun for adults as well as children."
‑ Tom Cunneff, People Magazine
"An exciting time travel adventure."
‑ Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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