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As World War I rages in Europe and Allied forces in France, Italy, and England find their resolve quickly diminishing due to the overwhelming force of the German juggernaut, a handful of brave American soldiers volunteer to join their French counterparts in learning to fly and fighting for freedom from above as the true story of the legendary Lafayette Escadrille comes to the screen in a breathtaking war adventure from Academy Award-winning director Tony Bill and famed producer Dean Devlin. They have come from all over the United States, ready and willing to put their lives on the line despite… More

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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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