Apollo 13 Reviews

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Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 26, 2002
But the visual impact here should pique the interest of plenty of other Hollywood filmmakers looking for a second life for their productions.
Nigam Nuggehalli
culturevulture.net
September 20, 2002
An irresistible combination of a rousing good story set on a truly grand scale.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 20, 2002
If you thought Tom Hanks was just an ordinary big-screen star, wait until you've seen him eight stories tall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 20, 2002
Spectacular.
David Barton
Sacramento Bee
September 20, 2002
The transfer to the IMAX screen diminishes none of the film's drama, which was always much more about human emotions than technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
September 20, 2002
The kind of history lesson that you wouldn't mind seeing again and again, no matter the format.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
September 20, 2002
Suffice to say that after seeing this movie in IMAX form, you'll be more acquainted with the tiniest details of Tom Hanks' face than his wife is.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
September 20, 2002
The special effects and many scenes of weightlessness look as good or better than in the original, while the Oscar-winning sound and James Horner's rousing score make good use of the hefty audio system.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 20, 2002
The re-release of Ron Howard's Apollo 13 in the IMAX format proves absolutely that really, really, really good things can come in enormous packages.
| Original Score: 4/4
September 20, 2002
This story is larger-than-life to begin with, so it is enhanced by the new super-size format. The movie grabs you and doesn't let go for nearly two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Ehrenstein
New Times
September 19, 2002
The sight of the spaceship on the launching pad is duly impressive in IMAX dimensions, as are shots of the astronauts floating in their cabins.
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
September 19, 2002
On a purely pictorial level, this is one of the best-looking IMAX movies ever.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
September 19, 2002
Blowing up some 35mm films to an image 10 times larger could magnify their plot faults and performance shortcomings. But Apollo 13, with its taut cast, script and direction, profits from the process.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 5, 2002
New technology was used for the space program and, appropriately enough, new IMAX technology enlarges the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 3, 2002
It's a great American adventure and a wonderful film to bring to IMAX.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2002
Vividly chronicles the most dramatic space flight in history.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
A brilliant balance between true-life accuracy and movie-time excitement.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
It's easily Howard's best film.
April 17, 2001
A definite feel-good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
There is no denying that on many levels it is an extremely taut piece of filmmaking, but frequently it is too much about a situation and too little about the people in the situation.
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