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      Pushing Tin

      R Released Apr 23, 1999 2 hr. 4 min. Comedy Drama List
      48% 67 Reviews Tomatometer 42% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Two air traffic controllers (John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton) who thrive on living dangerously compete to outdo each other on several levels. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 27 Buy Now

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      Critics Consensus

      Solid performances by the leads, but the generic ending needs help.

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      Test T I watched this on DVD. I liked it because it felt fresh and different, as I can't recall seeing anything like it before. It's a mild thriller based around the rivalry between two air traffic controllers. It starts out steady, and builds tension gradually as the relationship between the two controllers and their families develops. As I watched, I struggled to pick a side to support, and found myself switching allegiances, not really knowing who was the good guy. They are both complex characters which I found difficult to compare and judge. Over all, I found the film very interesting, and I became fully absorbed by the story. I thought the acting was first rate, especially by the two lead characters. I found the film very entertaining and have no problems recommending it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/24 Full Review Steve D It is all really dull. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 09/23/23 Full Review Bruce B This is a great movie, Quite surprised by the low Tomato rating. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/17/23 Full Review Savannah G the only reason I finished this movie was because of Cate otherwise I would not have cared when this movie finished. Cate is everything, Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/30/22 Full Review I E I've wanted to see this film for 23 years, I finally got around to it today and it was utterly dreadful. The characters are completely superficial, the storyline melodramatic and ridiculous, and the closing scenes truly embarrassing. Billy Bob Thornton was brilliant, everyone else should hang their heads in shame. Even Angelina Jolie was vapid and anonymous. How they managed to drag this out for two hours is beyond me. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 09/16/22 Full Review Jay M 60--75% of this movie is great. Outstanding performances, gripping concept, very well directed, and then it hits the line. A point comes where you can almost see the back doors of the studio fly open and a bunch of Hollywood suits barge in to destroy the ending, leaving a movie that you will recommend to people with the simple caveat that the ending sucks. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/05/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      David Ansen Newsweek It's frustrating to see such a promising premise, and such a delightful cast, wasted. Mar 31, 2008 Full Review Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle Rated: 3/4 Jun 18, 2002 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 3/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 3/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid The movie takes a dive at the end, but it's wonderful fun before that. May 26, 2006 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 1.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Two air traffic controllers (John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton) who thrive on living dangerously compete to outdo each other on several levels.
      Director
      Mike Newell
      Executive Producer
      Michael Flynn, Alan Greenspan
      Screenwriter
      Darcy Frey, Glen Charles, Les Charles
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Fox 2000 Pictures, Regency Enterprises
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 23, 1999, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $8.4M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital
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