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A Sidewalk Astronomer

A Sidewalk Astronomer (2005)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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'A Sidewalk Astronomer' is the story of John Dobson, an 89-year old monk-turned-scientist who revolutionized astronomy with the invention of the Dobsonian telescope mount, which made telescopes accessible to the public on every continent. Dobson is a co-founder of "Sidewalk Astronomers," an organization encouraging amateurs to share their telescopes and knowledge with others on busy city streets and in national parks. The film follows Dobson as he tours the country from the sidewalks of San


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A documentary that knows to sit back and listen as he expounds on a variety of subjects.

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Although it introduces us to a quirky, humorous, enthusiastic and obviously intelligent 89-year-old man, it is a minor documentary of a major figure.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Whether or not one buys his alternate theory of cosmic recycling, Dobson's colorful language and passionate beliefs transcend particulars.

July 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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Did you know that Jupiter is big enough to hold 1,300 Earths? Or that it rains sulfuric acid on Venus?

July 9, 2005
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This inspiring documentary invites viewers to pause for a moment and consider their place in the solar system, the galaxy and the universe.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An unenlightening recitation of lay science and salad bar spirituality.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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If [i]A Sidewalk Astronomer[/i] can't turn you on to astronomy, I feel sorry for you.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

An amateur in the best sense of the word, Dobson is an engaging ambassador for a life of the mind lived firmly in the real world.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It should've been left on the sidewalk.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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