• PG, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Michael Polish
    In Theaters:
    Oct 15, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 10, 2007
  • Warner Independent Pictures


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The Astronaut Farmer Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

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 Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 25, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

February 22, 2007
Pete Hammond

Houston, we've got a bomb!

| Original Score: 1/5

February 23, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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This movie is some muddled imagineering. It's a glib fantasy that soars beyond the misinformation belt into the vacuous realm of misinspiration.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 22, 2007
Fernando F. Croce

Self-fondling Americana

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2007
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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 Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 2, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

February 23, 2007
Eric D. Snider

It has heart and soul but no depth.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

February 22, 2007
Victoria Alexander

Some dreams should die. A wimp rocket to nowhere.

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February 1, 2007
Cole Smithey

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

February 20, 2007
Joshua Tyler

Plays too much like an Ayn Rand novel and not enough like October Sky.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

February 22, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 0/4

February 23, 2007
Frank Ochieng

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

February 25, 2007
Brandon Fibbs

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 Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 5/10

February 28, 2008

The Astronaut Farmer just drifts off into space.

Full Review Source: UGO

February 21, 2007
Eric Melin

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2007
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 23, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

About as subtle as a brick thrown through a bank window.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

February 23, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 24, 2007
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