Executive Decision
Executive Decision (1996)

This high-flying, action-packed aerial thriller chronicles the courage of a hastily assembled team of commandos charged with saving a filled-to-capacity commercial jet-liner from an Islamic terrorist group. Suspecting that the terrorists… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 15, 1996
DVD Release Date: July 30, 1997
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Satisfying junk food.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Stuart Baird's direction is so sluggish and Jim and John Thomas' script so padded that Executive Decision has no build.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A smart, adult thriller...

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Deliciously turbulent.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

A good, taut movie for red-meat action audiences.

Rob Gonsalves

It finally gives us what Hollywood has been threatening for years, the movie nobody was waiting for: Airport '96.

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James Berardinelli

For uncomplicated excitement, the film offers a solid one-hundred thirty minutes.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A movie for people who are sophisticated enough to know how shameless the film is, but fun-loving enough to enjoy its excesses and manic zeal.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A nerve-racking thriller that's more topical today than it was in 1996.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
When this film came out it may have looked unrealistic for terrorists to hijack a plane and use it as a weapon against the USA. As we know now that is a pretty… More
Kevin M. Williams
Terrorists vs. the U.S. of A. at 5 miles high as an international flight is hijacked for nefarious ends. Can it be stopped in time? Typical actioner done well… More
Phil Hubbs
One of the first action films I remember seeing where one of the big name leading heroes bites the dust very early on in the film, this was actually quite… More
Tim Salmons
A fun action film, even with Steven Seagall kicking in the bucket within ten minutes.
JY Skacto
If there is an example of a highly recommendable suspense thriller, Stuart Baird's <i>Executive Decision</i> is it.<p>Pushing through the… More
Conner Rainwater
Kurt Russell is cool even when he's supposed to be a pencil neck with glasses (the glasses are discarded half way into the movie and somehow he has 20/20… More

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