Flyboys (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A poorly scripted history-rewriting exercise with mediocre acting and unconvincing CGI battle scenes.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Aafter a while -- there must be six major fights against unending numbers of German planes -- it feels like special effects run amok.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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!

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Why make such a corny and incredibly predictable film?

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Besides some fine dogfight sequences, it often feels threadbare, just an exercise in recycling.

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Brian Holcomb

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

The painstaking authenticity and appealing cast of Flyboys can't overcome the cloyingly formulaic nature of its story.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Cole Smithey

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Solid special effects and good acting by Franco make this film good enough to be worth multiple watches. A story about WWI flying aces with todays special… More
KJ Proulx
What a wonderful film! Right from start to finish I enjoyed every bit of it!
Phil Hubbs
This is a great movie about flying aces during WW1. A small group of Americans go to France to join the flying corps and battle the German flying aces, alittle… More
Derek A
<i>Flyboys</i> is a movie I really wanted to like, but it was too slow and awfully predictable to be enjoyed. The great action and special effects… More
Summer W.
It really wanted to be good, but it was just too cheesy. The dialogue, acting and plot cliches were just too annoying for me to enjoy the movie as a whole,… More
Flutie Archibald
Once again, perfect proof that an awesome movie trailer can be made from even the crappiest of movies...The dogfight scenes were decent, but overall, the movie… More