The Grade Book: “Flight”








Plot: An airline pilot saves a plane from crashing, and then struggles with the aftermath of the situation and his alcoholism.  

Director: Robert Zemeckis. 

Writer: John Gatins. 

Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, and Bruce Greenwood

Genre: Drama.

Running Time: 2 hours and 18 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Robert Zemeckis makes a welcome return to live action films, while Denzel Washington gives a powerhouse performance in the lead.



  • Tyler Christian:

Grade: B+

I may not be the biggest fan of Robert Zemeckis’ films (at least from what I’ve seen; Back to the Future not included), but this is a very fine return to live-action form for him that is boosted by an brilliantly complex, Academy Award-worthy performance by Denzel Washington.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B+

A great character study that’s about so much more then just a plane crash!

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: B+

Powerful and dramatic, Flight is a nice return for Robert Zemeckis, as well as a showcase of a knockout performance by Denzel Washington, a well-executed story, and the most intense airplane crash sequence you might ever see.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B+

Robert Zemeckis makes his way back into the live action realm with Flight, and it’s definitely a solid return. Denzel Washington steals the show as Whip and realistically portrays a man dealing with addiction. I honestly think this could be Denzel’s best performance in film. The movie is more of a character study rather than suspenseful thriller. However, the first 30 minutes of the film are incredibly edge-of-your-seat exciting. The film’s finale fell short for me, however, as it became too silly and unrealistic. I appreciated the film and loved it up until the last 15 minutes, where it dropped a solid grade for me.

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: B+

Robert Zemeckis makes a great return to live action after some time of doing motion capture-based movies. Denzel Washington gives an Oscar-worthy performance as a pilot that is struggling with alcohol and drugs. The plane sequence is suspenseful and terrifying at times as well. Great score with a great soundtrack as well. Although the film gets very sad at times to the point of just being depressing, the ending is very uplifting and heart warming.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B+

Denzel Washington owns the screen from beginning to end with an intense, complex performance — which also features a vulnerability not usual with the actor. The ending of the film is a bit weak, and the film itself is only good as a whole. However, Washington is great, and the plane crash scene is equally impressive (and terrifying).

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