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This historical documentary takes an in-depth look at the famous Tuskeegee Airmen, taking viewers through the story of its origin, when a group of largely African American pilots joined the institute, and visiting a training base today to see a real day in the life of a Fly Boy. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Aafter a while -- there must be six major fights against unending numbers of German planes -- it feels like special effects run amok."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"This is old-school moviemaking, for better or worse, which means rat-a-tat dogfights in the sky combined with overripe romantic and social clichés on the ground."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Each air battle has been scripted as a set piece that not only shows off the capabilities of the pilots and their machines, but also advances the plot. Bring your Dramamine!"
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"The best of Pearl Harbor meeting the worst of HBO's Band of Brothers."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"It's as family-friendly as a war movie can be these days, relying on the daring of its amazing aerial sequences rather than carnage or vulgarity to promote its authenticity."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Why make such a corny and incredibly predictable film?"
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Besides some fine dogfight sequences, it often feels threadbare, just an exercise in recycling."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"It may indeed be inspired by a true story, but what we see onscreen is simply "Star Wars" set in some fantasy French air base circa 1917."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"Yearning for a time when warfare seemed so much simpler and more honourable, Flyboys is a thrilling, spectacular ride - but only when its dull characters get off the ground."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Flyboys doesn't just use cliches - it wallows in them, feeling more like a film based on old war movies than actual history."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"The painstaking authenticity and appealing cast of Flyboys can't overcome the cloyingly formulaic nature of its story."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Flyboys has computer imaging and a fleet of vintage aircraft on its side, but it remains considerably less convincing than Wings (1927), and less exciting."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The characters, although based on real life people, are one-dimensional stereotypes that exist for the sole purpose of presenting indistinguishable flesh-and-blood pilots for superabundant air battles."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This well-produced, engaging film somewhat overreaches itself, trying to turn a crackling adventure into a sweeping emotional epic."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"With its meticulous attention to detail and superior production values, the film promises much more than its unseasoned cast and thin plotting deliver."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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