Pushing Tin
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The intense world of air-traffic controllers is played for both drama and laughs in Pushing Tin. John Cusack plays Nick Falzone, the top air traffic controller at New York's Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Center, where he negotiates air traffic and landing patterns for the Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, America's most congested airspace. It's a tough, stressful job that's highly demanding and Nick is very good at it -- and he takes no small amount of pride in that. So Nick is less than enthusiastic when a new controller comes on board; Russell Bell (Billy Bob… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"A lively flight!"
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Can't really answer why this one got made. It's very uninteresting."
‑ John Venable, Supercala.com
"Droll, relatively lifeless."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The thought that real-life air traffic controllers are anything like the folks in Pushing Tin is enough to make me travel on Amtrak"
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
"I liked most of what I saw, but it was also difficult not to acknowledge how much stronger it might have been with just one more screenplay rewrite."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton take hold of a scene and shake it awake and make it live."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A very impressive film with its serious treatment of the difficult art of transforming hatred."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Pushing Tin overshoots the runway by the equivalent of at least one of the Brothers Charles' better tv episodes."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"It placed all the stress problems on the laps of the controllers' twisted personal lives."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An original premise is made into something far too conventional."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The movie takes a dive at the end, but it's wonderful fun before that."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Debased sitcom-style filmmaking."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"An embarrassment for all concerned."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Pushing Tin bids for originality by focusing on an offbeat profession. Every other aspect is pretty stale, though, from the smart-alecky characters to the romantic-triangle plot."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Contrived, meandering, cliched and just plain preposterous."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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