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View from the Top

View from the Top (2003)



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

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

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



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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



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Sep 9, 2003


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

April 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The characters have no wit or charm, the plot has no conflict or development, nothing happens for any reason other than script requirements.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It's just sweet and light, but it's got kind of giddy charm to it ...

March 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Poorly lit and tone-deaf.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Eventually, the exhaust roar of condescending affirmation drowns all else out.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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What was Gwyneth Paltrow thinking?

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

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.

September 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
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.

September 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

August 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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.

August 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
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.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

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

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source:

The Christina Applegate renaissance is in serious jeopardy.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
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.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source:

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.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

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

April 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

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

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

March 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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

March 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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.
August 9, 2013
Manu Gino

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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.
April 1, 2010

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.
February 20, 2008
Ginny  X

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    1. Sally Weston: Paris. First Class. International, Donna say it.
    – Submitted by Mitch K (2 years ago)
    1. 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)
    1. Christine: Yeah, I hear all those Europe guys are un-circumcised.
    2. Randy: Nope, not all.
    – Submitted by Mitch K (2 years ago)
    1. 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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