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View from the Top (2003)

View from the Top


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 106

Critics Consensus: Uneven in tone and badly edited, A View From the Top wastes the talents of its cast and condescends to its characters.

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: Uneven in tone and badly edited, A View From the Top wastes the talents of its cast and condescends to its characters.


Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 39,228


Movie Info

Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto directs this comic look at the world of flight attendants starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Donna, a small town Nevada woman who dreams of seeing the world by becoming a first class international stewardess. Lacking the requisite poise and class, Donna finds a mentor in retired trade veteran Sally (Candice Bergen), a wealthy, best-selling author who assists with advice and her considerable influence. Despite Sally's help, Donna finds the process of fulfilling her … More

PG-13 (for language/sexual references)
Directed By:
Written By:
Eric Wald
In Theaters:
Sep 9, 2003
Box Office:
Miramax Films - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for View from the Top

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (106) | DVD (23)

A flat, superficial comedy that never establishes a tone.

September 3, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Paltrow cannot begin to save this unfunny flight attendant comedy that should have gone direct to video.

Full Review… | April 27, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

The characters have no wit or charm, the plot has no conflict or development, nothing happens for any reason other than script requirements.

Full Review… | April 4, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's just sweet and light, but it's got kind of giddy charm to it ...

Full Review… | March 31, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Poorly lit and tone-deaf.

Full Review… | March 27, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Eventually, the exhaust roar of condescending affirmation drowns all else out.

Full Review… | March 25, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

What was Gwyneth Paltrow thinking?

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Miss Paltrow? We're gonna need that Oscar back.

July 16, 2004

[A]n airy bit of fluff, a soap bubble of a movie.

Full Review… | January 4, 2004

Teeters on the edge of lightweight, bland fare more associated with what's on airline menus. But the cast adds flavor and energy to the otherwise unremarkable itinerary.

Full Review… | September 14, 2003
Long Island Press

Not even cameos by Rob Lowe as a copilot, Chad Everett as Sally's Weston's husband, or George Kennedy as an airline passenger can rev up this plummeting plane wreck.

Full Review… | September 11, 2003
Movie Metropolis

O filme pode até não ser uma obra-de-arte, mas está longe de ser o desastre que muitos anunciaram. Ao menos, ele diverte.

Full Review… | August 9, 2003
Cinema em Cena

It's a pity...that such a first-class cast is forced to fly economy in this aimless exercise that never knows its destination.

Full Review… | August 3, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

It aggressively browbeats you into enjoying it while it's on, even if it's the sort of movie that evaporates from memory once the lights come up.

Full Review… | June 27, 2003

If you're looking to spend a couple of hours in first class, View from the Top is definitely not the ticket.

Full Review… | June 4, 2003

The Christina Applegate renaissance is in serious jeopardy.

Full Review… | May 28, 2003
Film Snobs

The experience of watching this movie is a lot like commercial air travel: the flight attendants try to make your experience as pleasant as possible, but it's still a long, dull ride in a small seat.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003

There's really nothing in any of it worth dwelling on, so flat is the writing, so plastic are the performances. . . as it flails for a substance that it will never achieve.

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

Barreto concentrates on character development over cutesy shtick, and his cast rewards him with a fleet of charming performances.

Full Review… | April 1, 2003
Film Journal International

Sometimes it's fun to see a movie that doesn't require any thought.

Full Review… | April 1, 2003
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

The perfect kind of escapist movie to see in a time of war and terrorist attacks.

Full Review… | March 31, 2003
Laramie Movie Scope

Mike Myers tries to save this "View..." but, to this task, even Austin Powers would fail.

Full Review… | March 31, 2003
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for View from the Top

Don't stop till you reach the top.

Decently Good movie! The movie is about airline stewardesses and their way to the top. This sounds like a dull subject because it is. This can hardly be stretched out into a long movie without becoming repetitive. But, in a sense, it isn't clichéd - there are no evil characters bent on the heroine's destruction, there aren't any sexually suggestive pilots hitting on the heroine. It's just a story about a woman trying to make it to the top. It will probably inspire and enthrall the younger crowds but leave older audiences unsure. This movie has sweet performances and sweet intentions, and comes off the way it wants to - sweet - but I can't bring myself to fully recommend you pay to see it. "View from the Top" isn't a particularly fine movie. It's watchable fluff, and the techniques the film use are not as clichéd as something like "Legally Blonde." But in the end, I realized I had barely laughed at anything. Perhaps clichés aren't always the things to avoid.

Donna Jensen was raised literally and figuratively on the wrong side of the trailer park in Silver Springs, Nevada. She always believed it was her destiny to get out of Silver Springs. After reading Sally Weston's book, Sally who is arguably the most famous now ex-flight attendant in the world, Donna believes the path to leaving Silver Springs is to become a flight attendant despite never having been on an airplane. After an initial bumpy start to this career, Donna shows a natural flair for the job, so much so that she applies to work for world class Royal Airlines, where Sally Weston mentors. After meeting Donna, Sally believes Donna is destined for flight attendant greatness, namely working first class in the New York-Paris flights. Donna believes in herself as a flight attendant, but has to overcome some obstacles, including flight attendant trainer John Witney, who has some hidden anger issues, and her friend Christine Montgomery who also wants to be a great flight attendant.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A bad movie that's not without its good moments, but one that just clunks along from head-scratcher to head-scratcher. Mike Myers's character is quite funny, and Gwyneth Paltrow does ok, but they have nothing to work with.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Uninteresting, pointless & predictable

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


Not that Im segregating movies according to gender but this is just totally a chick flick. Anyway I like this one cause its got a nice influential message and its a feel good movie but its not exactly a comedy.

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

View from the Top Quotes

Sally Weston: Paris. First Class. International, Donna say it.
– Submitted by Mitch K (2 years ago)
Donna Jensen: Oh honey, can you believe it? A REAL business class! And guess what I get to do in half an hour. Bake cookies.
– Submitted by Mitch K (2 years ago)
Christine: Yeah, I hear all those Europe guys are un-circumcised. Randy: Nope, not all.
– Submitted by Mitch K (2 years ago)
Sally Weston: No matter where you're from, no matter who people think you are, you can be whatever you want. But you've gotta start right now.
– Submitted by Jessica B (2 years ago)

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