The American Astronaut Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A black-and-white, cardboard set, 1930's Buck Rogers-style musical romp.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 3, 2004
It can be perceived as a pleasant antidote to the Hollywood mainstream comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 19, 2004
It's a rockabilly space romp, often very bad but usually a visual treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
If Andy Warhol ever made a movie with Ed Wood, this might have been the result.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This musical epic is unlike anything I (or anyone I know) have ever laid eyes on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
June 24, 2002
A sui generis, love-it-or-hate-it exercise in homegrown American surrealism.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 20, 2002
Something somewhere between Six-String Samurai and Dead Man (but a science-fiction musical).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
March 7, 2002
Every once in a blue moon some inexplicable force of cinema pushes all sanity and sense of aesthetics aside and leaves me defenselessly embracing a movie that has no apparent redeeming factor other than its cheesy eccentricity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
January 18, 2002
Accepting its darkness, warmth and gentle ridiculousness, you'll find yourself heartened, though you won't be exactly sure why.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 4, 2002
A movie so goofy and affable about its willful, second-rate cheesiness that anger becomes a waste of time. You either go along with it or you don't go at all.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2002
McAbee deserves much credit for not letting the obvious financial limitations constrain his imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel Steinhart
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
McAbee is unable to fashion a cohesive enough storyline to keep this bizarro space odyssey engaging throughout.
Top Critic
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
November 29, 2001
Movies don't get much more homemade or endearingly eccentric.
Top Critic
Jim Sullivan
Boston Globe
November 25, 2001
It's equal parts creepy, campy, funny, and tedious.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kirsten Markson
PopMatters
November 23, 2001
While The American Astronaut has the outlines of a potential cult favorite, it's too idiotic to sustain interest.
Top Critic
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
November 16, 2001
Like a very accomplished student film, amusing and annoying in just about equal measure.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 15, 2001
Quickly becomes an endurance test: like watching an old Carol Burnett skit that's not working, or a high school play that's trying to be bad.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
November 8, 2001
Less engaging entertainment for us than perverse psychotherapy for writer-director-star Cory McAbee.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 5, 2001
A hugely imaginative, genuinely weird cult item for only the most cynical and bizarre moviegoers.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 4, 2001
Camp is tricky. The very real problem in making a movie that's so bad that it's good is that you can easily overachieve and create a genuine stinker by mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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