Apollo 13 Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
The movie is terrific on nuts-and-bolts stuff, but nuts and bolts aren't the same as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2009
This is not about the incalculable emptiness of the void. Space here is nothing more than an extension of the western frontier and manifest destiny, a place where men can be brave and women admiring.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
I just wish that Apollo 13 worked better as a movie, and that Howard's threshold for corn, mush and twinkly sentiment weren't so darn wide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2010
Self-conscious about its heroism with portrayals that lean toward the glib and the professionally uplifting, the film milks our sympathies too readily to be emotionally convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 17, 2001
A definite feel-good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 28, 2005
...both fair history and a edge-of-your-seat popcorn thriller, a good example of the best work of which Hollywood is capable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A powerful story, one of the year's best films, told with great clarity and remarkable technical detail, and acted without pumped-up histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
While the events of this motion picture may depict NASA's finest hour, the release of Apollo 13 represents Ron Howard's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
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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.
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
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.
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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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 3, 2002
It's a great American adventure and a wonderful film to bring to IMAX.
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 10, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This film is a paean to the power of perseverance to solve even the most impossible problems. This one is well worth braving the crowds to see.
Full Review | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4
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