The Astronaut Farmer Reviews

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Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
February 26, 2007
In terms of message, the film haphazardly succeeds, but the poorly-decided path to get there on Farmer's part won't wash with anyone except the kids who are too young to understand.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 26, 2007
The motto of the brothers Polish must be, 'If you plant a cornball drama in Texas, they will come.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
February 26, 2007
I loved the big beautiful idea of it all & its 1st few minutes. And it does give great climax. Unfortunately, the script is somewhat rickety. I kept wanting to rewrite it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 26, 2007
The Polish brothers, masters of the weird, have decided to make a family film. Everybody does that occasionally, and this time they succeed.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Denver Urban Spectrum
February 25, 2007
Fortunately, this fable revolves around a role model worth emulating with an intact moral compass and an indomitable spirit of adventure. What a breath of fresh air after that Space Shuttle Commander arrested for attempted murder in an adult diaper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 25, 2007
With The Astronaut Farmer writer-director Michael Polish and his co-writer brother Mark continue a foray into American mythmaking that began with Northfork.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
February 25, 2007
It could be portending the decline and fall of Hollywood, except that it is so unexceptionally bad, and unexceptionally typical of the studio fare right now.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 25, 2007
What's really sad is that when the story makes an attempt at drama, the tone change from goofy fun Disney pic is a little disconcerting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
February 25, 2007
This drama won't fly for anyone who considers Charles Farmer's mission a self-indulgent obsession that places a family of five at risk.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
February 25, 2007
It's too bad that it takes a mess of rocket fuel to spark The Astronaut Farmer beyond its sugary surrealism...the sky's limit is applied to this heart-filled hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
February 24, 2007
Audie has always believed Charlie will launch his rocket. And with one neat, maybe comical metaphor, it's very clear what's at stake.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
February 24, 2007
It strains credulity to think that anyone would make a movie that strains credulity like this one. If it isn't the dumbest movie ever made, it's close.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 24, 2007
This may get some in the audience to dream of doing more creative things with their free time than just going to the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
February 24, 2007
This family-friendly fable lifts off with unabashedly sentimental inspiration. Talk about having The Right Stuff!
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
February 24, 2007
challenges the status quo with a gentle but insistent nudge, celebrating personal freedom over the restraints of a big government that answers to no one. It's quintessentially American and quintessentially enchanting
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
February 24, 2007
Quirky for quirky's sake, making it absurd and insulting.
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
February 24, 2007
Though weightless in terms of credibility, The Astronaut Farmer has the right stuff to entertain the family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
February 24, 2007
Billy Bob Thornton finally sheds his Bad Santa-ness to play an everyday hero in the uplifting, if slightly cornball, family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 24, 2007
An exuberant movie about a dreamer whose passion and zeal lights up his life and unifies his family behind him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 24, 2007
Too odd for a studio movie, too cornpone for the independent scene, The Astronaut Farmer
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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