Flight of the Navigator

Flight of the Navigator

Flight of the Navigator

Mysteriously regaining conciousness only to discover eight years have passed, a 12-year-old is caught in the mystery of why he hasn't aged in this classic '80s sci-fi from the director of Grease. Stranger still, his questions seem connected to a UFO discovered by NASA.

1986Rating: G90 minsUSA
AdventureComedyKids & FamilyScience Fiction
Director:
Randal Kleiser ('Grease', 'Honey, I Blew Up the Kid', 'The Blue Lagoon')
Writer:
Mark H. BakerMichael BurtonPhil Joanou
Cast:
Joey CramerPaul ReubensVeronica CartwrightCliff DeYoung

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Flight of the Navigator / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Instead of creating an eye-opening panorama, Flight of the Navigator looks through the small end of the telescope. Life on Earth is magnified but without an expansive vision.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Whereas its plot may be derivative--and at several junctures, unconvincing--Flight of the Navigator nevertheless manages to develop considerable humor and poignancy from David's predicament and what he does about it.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Never brave enough to feel far-reaching (or, ironically, far-fetched, when time-travel and space flight are so popular at the movies), Navigator still fulfills its mission, distracting the family for bang-on an hour and a half.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Flight of the Navigator may not have the originality of a true classic; and while its special effects provide some dazzling moments, they are not quite fresh enough to be brilliant. But the film is so absorbing, such constant fun, that it may well be the best family film around.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

The film doesn't have the pace or the scale of Back to the Future, but it does have the same sweet moment when a child declares his love for his parents because he's seen them in a different light. Joey Cramer is quite winning as David.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

Not a particularly original or insightful film of its kind, and marred slightly by the whining of Cramer in the lead role, this is nevertheless enjoyable fare for kids.

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