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The Astronaut's Wife (1999)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 49

Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, The Astronaut's Wife moves at a snail's pace and fails to generate enough intrigue to keep viewers engaged.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 16

Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, The Astronaut's Wife moves at a snail's pace and fails to generate enough intrigue to keep viewers engaged.



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Science fiction blends with domestic horror in this thriller. Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) is an astronaut on a routine mission in space when something goes horribly wrong and it looks as if he's doomed. However, Spencer is rescued at the last moment and returns to earth a hero. He soon announces that he's retiring from space exploration to spend more time with his wife Jillian (Charlize Theron). Jillian has suffered from depression in the past and would like to start a family, so she's


Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Rand Ravich

Feb 8, 2000

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All Critics (70) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (49) | DVD (19)

Moderately diverting thriller that builds suspense and entertains effectively.

January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
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Languorous and oddly detached.

January 1, 2000
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Theron is hardly ready to carry a movie.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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One of the least endurable films of 1999!

January 1, 2000
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A high-toned grind.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

By turns dumb, boring, and ludicrous.

February 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
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Lack of story, action and character depth.

January 1, 2000

It's definitely not capable of being rescued.

January 1, 2000

The zombie-like movements so carefully mastered by the story's leads, Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron, make it seem that projectionist is running the movie at one-quarter speed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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If this movie doesn't put you to sleep, you're more than human.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

If only more capable filmmakers would have claimed this production we may have had a real winner

January 1, 2000 Full Review

If the movie is a disaster on the writing and directing levels, at least most of the performances are strong and effective, and on a technical level, it is often impressive.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Theron and Ravich's style keeps one watching, but by the conclusion one may wish one hadn't.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

You know you're in trouble when you have difficulty telling Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron apart!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The outcome is anticlimactic!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

I paid to see The Astronaut's Wife so you don't have to.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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Audience Reviews for The Astronaut's Wife

An easy space flight (if there's ever such a thing, at least as of yet) has an unexplained 2 minute glitch that eventually leads to some curious, ominous questions, both for the astronauts involved and for their wives anxiously awaiting them back at home. Charlize Theron does pretty damn good carrying this Rosemary's Baby, Space Alien edition as she, like Mia Farrow in the original, begins to suspect that something might possibly be rotten in the state of Denmark. Depp adds a little Memphis Elvis spice to the John Cassavetes/caring husband role, while Joe Morton ably handles the thankless job of Cassandra, the prophet no one believes.
What's wrong? A slow opening. A too quick payoff at the climatic mano y mano, and not enough dread to carry us through the middle. The coda at the end feels tacked on and unnecessary.
On the other hand ... I loves me some Charlize Theron.
January 7, 2014

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An astronaut returns to Earth after an accident during a space walk, but his wife soon begins to suspect that he is not the man who she married. Rosemary's Baby gets the sci-fi treatment in this hokey supernatural thriller from the Twilight Zone school. The obvious draw for this film is the cast and Charlize Theron's hand-wringing turn as a paranoid spouse in the midst of spooky goings on makes it all very reminiscent of The Devil's Advocate. Unfortunately Johnny Depp's appeal has always revolved around his quirky charm and his serious miscasting here makes all sense of menace disappear; in fact I think that most women would think the idea of Jack Sparrow as their personal stalker would be quite appealing! But by far the biggest weakness of the film is the silly script that gets ever more ridiculous as it goes. The above par cast manage to keep The Astronaut's Wife palatable, but quite why they got involved with this sub X-Files nonsense in the first place is the biggest mystery of all.
February 13, 2013
xGary Xx

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Dull and pointless, Johnny Depp plays a far to run of the mill boring character for his acting style and the sub-par scares won't raise anything apart from your anguish at how much longer of the film is left. Give this one a miss.
July 30, 2012
Cameron Sherwell

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Johnny Depp is one of those actors who has consistantly made brave choices throughout his career. There are few actors like him and although some of his choices work better than others, this is one that I'm sure he'd rather forget.
Jillian (Charlize Theron) lovingly greets her space-rocketeer husband Spencer (Johnny Depp) home from a mission, but after a mishap she soon begins to suspect that Spencer is not the same man and fears she may have been impregnated by an alien.
Although this a career move Depp would rather forget, he can't be entirely blamed for the end product. He's not in it enough to make any major impact and whenever he is, he's reduced to a few sinister, brooding facial expressions. Theron's character is the main focus here and despite her attempts at depth, she can't save the film from being mind-numbingly boring and uneventful. She also sports a short blonde hairdo to further fuel the comparisons with "Rosemary's Baby" during her pregnant paranoia. This is one of those straight to DVD films that remind you why not all films deserve a mainstream release. It's pretty dire to say the least and you're more likely to find more suspense while waiting on a bus. Quite possibly one of, if not the, worst of Johnny Depp's films.
Despite the lead actors involved, steer well clear of this stinker. Do yourself a favour and watch Roman Polanski's earlier horror masterpiece instead. He'll show you how it's done.
May 27, 2011

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    1. Sherman Reese: That's what they taught us at NASA. Always have a backup system.
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