The Astronaut Farmer Reviews

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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 22, 2007
A dreadful mismatch of indie 'arty' filmmakers and a Hollywood popcorny family formula script. The [directors] copy shots, icons and themes from The Right Stuff, but plainly never got a handle on how to make their quirky screenplay work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
February 23, 2007
Houston, we've got a bomb!
| Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 22, 2007
This movie is some muddled imagineering. It's a glib fantasy that soars beyond the misinformation belt into the vacuous realm of misinspiration.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Self-fondling Americana
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 23, 2007
Look, there's Bruce Willis, an old astronaut buddy from Farmer's aeronautics-training days! No, Mission Control, this isn't Armageddon. Ben Affleck is nowhere in sight...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
The Astronaut Farmer is one of those movies that you don't believe for a moment while you're watching it, but you leave with a warm glow. But by the time you've driven home, you realize you've been conned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2007
By film's conclusion it's hard not to root for the main character's success, if only so Earth can be rid of one more lousy husband and parent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
February 22, 2007
It has heart and soul but no depth.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
February 1, 2007
Some dreams should die. A wimp rocket to nowhere.
Cole Smithey
February 20, 2007
Stuck between an idealized '60s era idea of liberty and our post-9/11 clampdown under Big Brother, "The Astronaut Farmer" is a high concept movie that never bothers to bridge its essential gap of sanity and reason.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Joshua Tyler
February 11, 2007
Plays too much like an Ayn Rand novel and not enough like October Sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 22, 2007
This is neither a satire nor an allegory. It's an infuriating and formulaic attempt at inspirational drama that panders so appallingly to an American audience hungry for uplifting tales of derring-do that it feels insulting from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 23, 2007
The value of [Farmer's] dream and its potential for destruction are irrelevant. Refusing to accept defeat is all that matters -- at least if you're the designated good guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Frank Ochieng
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
We should be routing for Farmer and delighted that his dreams are finally becoming a reality, but, instead, the implausibility of the whole thing, the sheer Disneyification of its premise, the Capra-corn nature of its "follow your dreams and never, ever q
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 21, 2007
The Astronaut Farmer just drifts off into space.
Eric Melin
February 23, 2007
From a laughable title with a jokey double meaning to a formulaic plot that charges ahead seemingly unaware of how ridiculous it is, this is one bold movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 23, 2007
The cinematic equivalent of lasagna -- plot ground up with meat, characters that lay there like limp noodles and the whole thing slathered in cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 23, 2007
About as subtle as a brick thrown through a bank window.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 24, 2007
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