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The Dish Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 20, 2001
All these years later, the sight of a man walking on the surface of the moon has lost none of its power.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 20, 2001
Both an entertaining, instructive jaunt down memory lane and also, for the younger generation, a most palatable lesson in modern history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 20, 2001
The Dish also does a nice job of evoking what 1969 was like for people who didn't live in San Francisco, Paris or even Melbourne, Australia.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
April 20, 2001
Makes you admire the Australian ability to make a comedy that's sincere rather than crass.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 6, 2001
For many moviegoers, that feel-good spirit is going to be hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
April 6, 2001
A feel-good movie that re-creates a time and place with gentle humor and a reminder that the Aussies have the right stuff, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
April 6, 2001
Shows us that when done with restraint, nostalgia can be fine.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
April 6, 2001
Images of the revolving and tilting dish are sufficient in themselves and do more than make up for the musical goosing on the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 6, 2001
A comedy with a heart -- a rare thing in the movies these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 6, 2001
A warmly human story marked by humor, drama, a little romance and an ending that's preordained (though crises arise), yet also moving.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 6, 2001
A smiling human comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
April 6, 2001
Warm, wry, endearing.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 5, 2001
An amusing, compelling and technologically fascinating tale.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
April 5, 2001
Both goofy and touching, so heartfelt and fresh that it draws us in, tickling our funny bones while hitting the solar plexus.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 5, 2001
The kind of movie some audiences are starved for, a comedy with a human face, warmth and spirit.
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Ebert & Roeper
March 22, 2001
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 16, 2001
This is a comedy that rises out of elation, rather than mere wacky gas.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Robert Horton
Film.com
March 16, 2001
If it weren't so pushy about selling itself, The Dish might have been a very special movie.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 16, 2001
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March 15, 2001
If you hang in there, The Dish will reward you with a heartfelt story about ordinary people rising to meet extraordinary circumstances.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
March 15, 2001
It is therefore something of a shame when the film's second half succumbs to dewy, baby-boomer nostalgia ... And yet, chances are that you'll be moved all the same.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 14, 2001
Thin mush that it is, Sitch's movie does know how to capitalize on cosmic awe.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
March 14, 2001
Dramatically moving and good-naturedly humorous, it transmits a sharp picture of humanity that inspires both awe and laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 14, 2001
The Dish proves that it's possible to tell an Apollo space tale onscreen with a minimum of gee whiz and a maximum of charm.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 14, 2001
Although The Dish ... is a feel- good movie, it doesn't make you uncomfortable for being awed and getting misty-eyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 14, 2001
Australia's most enjoyable film export since Crocodile Dundee.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2001
What gives the film a sharp edge of pathos to offset some often very broad humor is its pervading sense of how much it means for Australia to play a crucial role in a key achievement of Western civilization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 7, 2001
A feel-good comic ensembler that's hard to resist.