As Roger Ebert put it: "The simplest way to sum up the movie is to declare the air scenes brilliant and the earthbound scenes grimly predictable.”

"Given the timeframe and how the superior officer views Maverick, it was fairly believable that he could get away with it." —USAF Second Lieutenant Trevor Leeming

“You're everyone's problem,” says Val Kilmer at his physical peak. "I don't like you because you're dangerous."