Apollo 13 Reviews

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
August 22, 2014
Tom Hanks is on his way to becoming the American Everyman, an exemplar of boyish goodwill and quiet moral force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
August 22, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 30, 2013
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.
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
July 30, 2013
Even if you know how it all turned out (and you should), this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 30, 2013
The film succeeds brilliantly at organizing great gobs of information into powerful drama.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
Partially filmed in genuine weightless conditions, Ron Howard's movie is a technical tour de force.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
Hanks is a terrific choice for the lead because he can appear strong and military without slipping over into Sgt. Rock corniness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
Apollo 13, one of the most exciting adventure movies of the year, proves that science history can be just as thrilling as science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
July 30, 2013
This stuff works so well because the production is so convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 30, 2013
The genius of Apollo 13 lies in its universal appeal -- everybody loves a story about a lousy flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2013
Howard is not above pushing buttons of his own and milking the big moments. But they are indeed big moments, and the manipulation is not intrusive. He has made a can-do movie for our can't-do age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jonathan Dean
Total Film
July 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 30, 2013
Tense as the best murder mysteries and as kinetic as the most exciting action films, this space adventure is as thrilling as movies get.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 30, 2013
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.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
The film, despite its raggedness, is stirring. In the end, this failed mission seems like the most impressive achievement of the entire space program: a triumph not of planning but of inspired improvisation.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 1, 2011
This meticulous but ultimately rather pedestrian drama gradually won me over as a minor if watchable example of the "victory through defeat" brand of military heroism that John Ford specialized in.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
July 6, 2010
Apollo 13, Ron Howard's soaring salute to space exploration, lifts off with a payload of the right stuff-courage, can-do, grace under pressure and other qualities derided as machismo by some and applauded as old-fashioned values by others.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 6, 2010
This engrossing account of the nation's most perilous moon shot embodies what many people consider to be old-fashioned American virtues in a virtually pristine state.
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