The Astronaut Farmer Reviews

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Super Reviewer
May 9, 2007
A good drama movie about a retired astronaut that still have a dream to reach space so he build his own rocket. This movie reminds much like "The World's Fastest Indian" with A. Hopkins and has the same spirit in a way. I enjoyed this movie and its worth seeing.
½ September 27, 2014
Never give up on your dreams, and by the end of this film you will be screaming, "I get it!" While the message isn't bad, it just shoved in your face so much that it honestly left a bad taste in my mouth; which honestly ruined what is in reality an enjoyable movie at its core.
September 24, 2014
a bit over the top....though the message through the movie was good but the movie was a bit too preachy i felt to be practically implemented for its einstein of his generation(to build a space rocket in your backyard he must be one einstein) tries too hard chasing his dream of being an astronaut after being rejected by nasa's space program...the family was too cute though and supported him blindly(you have to be one btw to support such a notion apart from being retarted too)...anyways,watch it only if you are feeling bored and have no other better alternative to watch....the movie basically just wanted to tell you that you can do anything if you really want to,like making a rocket in your backyard and then flying it.LOL.
ya at a time when we can have robots with souls like us from another planet that turn into cars, jets n stuff(in transformers) or superman,batman and group living amongst us in movies,then why cant an engineer make a space rocket at his own house...again LOL :D :D
½ August 23, 2014
Thornton tries hard, but the script is ordinary and predictable.
July 22, 2009
A movie about perseverance, dreams and trusting in those you love.
April 3, 2014
A charming little movie with a simple positive message and no more scientifically improbable than "Gravity".
½ February 25, 2014
reminded me of other better pix
January 13, 2014
I like the statement of one audience reviewer: "Too unbelievable to be real and not charming enough to be good fantasy." It actually makes me mad that people were "conned" into liking or enjoying this movie. I feel this way because its existence subverts good taste for movies. There are so many ludicrous elements in it (ludicrous: "so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing; ridiculous") that even my 14-year-old daughter laughed derisively at it throughout its runtime. For instance, the main character is a former astronaut who is now a farmer . . . and his name is Charles "Farmer." It's that kind of head-exploding, wink-wink, elbow-nudge, elbow-nudge type of messaging from the filmmakers that kills peoples' recognition of nuance in movies; all nuance is thrown out the window here. A good movie allows viewers to piece the puzzle together themselves; more intelligent movies--by-and-large--allow more "puzzling" by the audience, and less intelligent ones not so much. This movie just plops the completed puzzle of a pictured pizza down in front of us and invites us to partake of its cardboard cutouts. The directors just didn't seem to care with this one.

The directors also threw in a lot of oddball details . . . perhaps to distract us from the inane story. The names of the children, for example, were so completely random: the son's name is "Shepard Farmer" (ha, ha--shepard, shepherd--get it?) one daughter's name is "Stanley" (huh?), and the youngest girl is "Sunshine." And Sunshine is apparently mentally handicapped, which had nothing to do with anything. The acting was horrible, the story-telling childish, and its existence borders on movie-making blasphemy.

Perhaps what is most troublesome for me is the fact that I'm sure this story was inspired by a real person: the oddball, billionaire toy-inventor and farmer Brian Walker, who's real story and dream of going into space is much more interesting and inspiring--the filmmakers should just have acquired the rights to his--ongoing--story. When I first heard about this film, I thought that it would be just that, but it's a cheap-o knockoff instead. Skip this and read Brian's story for real entertainment.
Super Reviewer
October 22, 2007
A perfect Sunday afternoon film.
February 2, 2013
At first I thought this was going to be the stupidest movies since, well, Norbit. Then I started to read reviews and it's beginning to sound good. Besides, outside of Sling Blade I actually like BillyBob.
½ December 13, 2013
A charming albeit predictable family inspirational film anchored by a fine and subtle performance by Billy Bob Thornton
½ December 4, 2013
Fun, feel good film about realizing your dreams and the power of the individual. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, and a home made rocket ship built in a garage. What more do you need?
½ October 1, 2013
So many layers of awful. The science alone is completely bogus. I could write a review breaking down all of the completely improbable science in the film but it would be longer than the movie. Orbiting the earth is not exactly easy. Successfully entering the earth's atmosphere without breaking up into a million pieces, is also not exactly easy. His pod lands on perfectly flat terrain within driving distance of where he took off, AND he accomplishes this with a lone parachute. TOTAL UTTER NONSENSE. The only redeeming value is that it's funny to mock, that's about it.
August 7, 2013
I really enjoyed this movie, and I also enjoyed Bruce Willis' uncredited appearance. This is one of those films where I can easily dream about being in space.
August 7, 2013
I really enjoyed this movie, and I also enjoyed Bruce Willis' uncredited appearance. This is one of those films where I can easily dream about being in space.
August 1, 2010
I just saw "Armageddon" with Billy Bob Thornton on the ground watching the launch but now he is the astronaut (farmer) B-
August 4, 2012
A very heartwarming tale that kind of brings me back to childhood.
July 21, 2012
Truly inspirational.
June 4, 2013
Sure stellar idea, thorton even pulls it off, but as a hole this is torture.
April 25, 2013
I have a friend who builds planes on his smallholding. He sells them for double. THis movie was completely believable but I don't suppose inner city New Yorkers can get themselves to think as far as the nearest McDonalds. Pity. Great movie.
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