• PG-13, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Rob Sitch
  • In Theaters:    Mar 14, 2001 Limited
  • On DVD:    Aug 28, 2001
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

The Dish Reviews

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Robert Horton
Film.com
Top Critic
March 16, 2001

If it weren't so pushy about selling itself, The Dish might have been a very special movie.

Max Messier
Filmcritic.com
April 5, 2001

Innocuous, watery, and lifeless.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Ward
PopMatters
April 6, 2001

Suffers from a halting execution.


BeatBoxBetty.com
March 14, 2001

I found the whole thing a bit uninteresting.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
April 6, 2001

A smiling human comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
April 6, 2001

A comedy with a heart -- a rare thing in the movies these days.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 15, 2001

I started smiling ten minutes after the movie began, and didn't stop until ten minutes after it ended.

| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010

A heartwarming family movie about the space race.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 5, 2001

There's an old-fashioned, can-do quality to The Dish, which is inspiring without being schmaltzy.

Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 26, 2001

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 13, 2001

A charmingly old-fashioned film.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 20, 2009

A satellite dish sitting in the middle of an Australian sheep farm might not sound like the most compelling subject to base a story around, but there are hidden charms in this graceful film that add up to something quite out of the ordinary.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
March 14, 2001

If you're old enough to remember the first moon landing, The Dish is guaranteed to leave you with a lump in your throat.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003

Sitch deserves the highest praise for recapturing the global feeling of rapture and awe at watching a man walk on the moon. ... For a few minutes we can party like it's 1969.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 4, 2001

Small moments, bigger moments, and an adequate sense of just so.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 6, 2001

The real heart-and-soul of The Dish is the process whereby the Australian scientists and the NASA consultant learn to tame their egos in pursuing their common goal.

Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
April 9, 2001

Vivaciously funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
April 25, 2001

One would be surprised to find such an enjoyably human story from what appears to be a cold, scientific instrument.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 23, 2001

"The Dish" finds a place where gentle charm and humor live side by side with the awe and grandeur of man's accomplishment.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 12, 2001

...a little gem of understated real-life whimsy....a brief refreshment that won't offend your ears or intellect.

| Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 7, 2001

Mark Freeman
Senses of Cinema
January 24, 2004

David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003

Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
April 6, 2001

Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
May 23, 2001

Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003

Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
March 16, 2001


Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
March 22, 2001


Guardian
August 10, 2001


Irish Times
September 7, 2001


Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002


Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

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