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Non-Stop Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Watch out for the flying drink cart. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    56

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    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Much of the fun is awfully silly. The story strains logic, as well as credulity. It's been cobbled together, often crudely, from pieces of classic predecessors. (Here snippets of Hitchcock, there stretches of "Speed," with wings on the bus.) Yet the silliness parades itself in a spirit of cheerful self-awareness, while Liam Neeson fills the thrill quotient impressively as an air marshal.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A constant low-boil of ridiculousness both mocks and sustains Non-Stop, a jerry-rigged terror-on-a-plane thriller with a premise so far-fetched as to create a degree of suspense over how the writers will wriggle out of the knot of their own making.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    While it takes stabs at realism, mostly in its use of cellular and computer technology, disbelief must be suspended for full immersion in this twisty airborne thriller.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    There’s a good measure of comedic relief doled out between the action sequences, e.g., Neeson coming up with an ingenious plan to placate the passengers when they’re on the verge of a rebellion. This is a movie that knows it’s not to be taken too seriously.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    Once again Neeson is a straight-faced secret weapon. With his lion's roar and can-do fists, he grounds the film's more preposterous moments and makes them feel excitingly tense. At a certain point either you'll fasten your seat belt and go with Non-Stop's absurd, Looney Tunes logic or you won't.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The movie's fun. And now, thanks to our annual Neeson thriller, spring can come soon.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Tense, formulaic, action-packed thriller set on a plane.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Non-Stop is an action-packed thriller with plenty of edge-of-the-seat moments that may thrill teens. It could also scare off both young and old viewers from flying, especially if they're already skittish about it since the movie's so tense and realistic. The body count's pretty high, too, served up with a big dose of brutality and some gore, which may prove too intense for younger teens. Expect some swearing, including "s--t" and "d--k," and some drinking, too; one character is an alcoholic.

  • Families can talk about the movie's fear factor. How does this film tap into the collective fear about acts of terrorism, especially on planes? Does it have a political agenda?
  • Does the movie deal with any stereotypes and, if so, how does it handle them? Does it promote them or break them down?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Keeping your cool under terrifying conditions can only help you. Asking for help also makes a big difference.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Jen Summers carries herself like someone who truly appreciates what's important in life, and she helps Bill Marks out of a terrible jam. Nancy, the flight attendant, is also a great example of a cool, calm, and collected person.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Violence is at the heart of the storyline. A plane full of passengers is threatened by a terrorist traveling with them. People are shot, beaten, threatened with knives, shoved, kicked, you name it. Some of the brawls are so raw -- bones crunch, flesh rips, bodies slam.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A couple makes out under a blanket. A man's phone reveals a series of photos of a woman's cleavage.

  • language false2

    Language: Some swearing, including "s--t," "dick," "a--hole" and "bulls--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A few labels are seen, including Samsung and Patek Philippe.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One man smokes secretly in the bathroom of a plane. He's later seen contemplating a stiff drink, but doesn't imbibe. A woman downs vodka, seeking liquid courage. A passenger is shown trying to take prescription meds to calm himself.

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