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Apollo 13 (1995)

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95

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 4

In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.

93

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 2

In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.

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"Houston, we have a problem." Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis in 1970, events recreated in this epic historical drama from Ron Howard. Astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) leads command module pilot Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and lunar module driver Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) on what is slated as NASA's third lunar landing mission. All goes smoothly until the craft is halfway through its mission, when an exploding oxygen tank threatens the

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Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure

William Broyles, Al Reinert

Sep 7, 2004

$1.1M

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Tom Hanks is on his way to becoming the American Everyman, an exemplar of boyish goodwill and quiet moral force.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Ron Howard's pop-entertainment you-are-there space thriller is easily the most rousing film of the year. And it might make real spaceflight just as nifty as Star Wars for youngsters.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Even if you know how it all turned out (and you should), this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The film succeeds brilliantly at organizing great gobs of information into powerful drama.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Hanks is a terrific choice for the lead because he can appear strong and military without slipping over into Sgt. Rock corniness.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Apollo 13, one of the most exciting adventure movies of the year, proves that science history can be just as thrilling as science fiction.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The special effects are as spectacular as anything in Star Trek, but Howard shows wise restraint in not inflating the drama and tension inherent in the true story.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Partially filmed in genuine weightless conditions, Ron Howard's movie is a technical tour de force.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

This stuff works so well because the production is so convincing.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The genius of Apollo 13 lies in its universal appeal -- everybody loves a story about a lousy flight.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Tom Hanks perfectly embodies white bread goodness as mission leader Jim Lovell and, while we may all know the ending, it's a tribute to Howard's no-frills, focused direction that the story remains undeniably gripping.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Tense as the best murder mysteries and as kinetic as the most exciting action films, this space adventure is as thrilling as movies get.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

What compensates for this predictable plot is the professionalism with which it's told, turning a minor piece of 1970s history into an engaging yarn with equal quantities of special-effects wizardry and human feeling.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

If there is one subject that makes it okay to feel old-fashioned patriotism and pride in humanity... it is surely the US space program.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Audience Reviews for Apollo 13

They got everything right with this one. Ron Howard's masterpiece.
December 16, 2012
Graham Jones

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This is the bast space-themed movie ever. I had no idea of the true-life drama that went on during the space program but director Ron Howard presents it perfectly. Strong performances by Hanks and Sinise. Ed Harris is pich perfect.
October 27, 2012
cchclaw

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To make a compelling and enthralling film about an event the outcome of which is pretty well known is not exactly easy. It does help, of course, if you can rely on names like Hanks, Sinise, Harris or Bacon. In the end, it only works if everyone involved delivers their best. This is one of those cases. Director Ron Howard knows exactly which buttons to push to get a reaction from the audience. And so we are sitting there, on the edge of our seats, even though we know A13 made it home in one piece against all odds. It's just so incredibly well done from the script, acting, music, camera work to the great Zero G special effects. An outstanding history lesson and perfect entertainment.
July 16, 2012
ironclad1609

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O beautiful for spacious space. Tense, dense, and emotional.
February 4, 2012
spielberg00

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    1. Jim Lovell: Houston, we have a problem.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (17 months ago)
    1. Jim Lovell: Gentlemen, it's been a privilege flying with you.
    – Submitted by Alex K (20 months ago)
    1. Jim Lovell: Huston, we have a problem.
    – Submitted by Cameron D (2 years ago)
    1. Jim Lovell: I'll be walking in a place where there is 400 degrees difference between sunlight and shadow. I can't imagine ever topping that.
    – Submitted by Tyler D (2 years ago)
    1. Jim Lovell: I sometimes catch myself looking up at the Moon, remembering the changes of fortune in our long voyage, thinking of the thousands of people who worked to bring the three of us home. I look up at the Moon and wonder, when will we be going back, and who will that be?
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
    1. Jim Lovell: You never know what events are to transpire to get you home.
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
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