| Original Score: 3/4
All these years later, the sight of a man walking on the surface of the moon has lost none of its power.
Both an entertaining, instructive jaunt down memory lane and also, for the younger generation, a most palatable lesson in modern history.
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.
Makes you admire the Australian ability to make a comedy that's sincere rather than crass.
For many moviegoers, that feel-good spirit is going to be hard to resist.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Shows us that when done with restraint, nostalgia can be fine.
Images of the revolving and tilting dish are sufficient in themselves and do more than make up for the musical goosing on the soundtrack.
A comedy with a heart -- a rare thing in the movies these days.
A warmly human story marked by humor, drama, a little romance and an ending that's preordained (though crises arise), yet also moving.
A smiling human comedy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Warm, wry, endearing.
An amusing, compelling and technologically fascinating tale.
Both goofy and touching, so heartfelt and fresh that it draws us in, tickling our funny bones while hitting the solar plexus.
The kind of movie some audiences are starved for, a comedy with a human face, warmth and spirit.
This is a comedy that rises out of elation, rather than mere wacky gas.
| Original Score: A-
If it weren't so pushy about selling itself, The Dish might have been a very special movie.
If you hang in there, The Dish will reward you with a heartfelt story about ordinary people rising to meet extraordinary circumstances.
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.
Thin mush that it is, Sitch's movie does know how to capitalize on cosmic awe.
Dramatically moving and good-naturedly humorous, it transmits a sharp picture of humanity that inspires both awe and laughter.
| Original Score: 2/4
If you're old enough to remember the first moon landing, The Dish is guaranteed to leave you with a lump in your throat.
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.
Although The Dish ... is a feel- good movie, it doesn't make you uncomfortable for being awed and getting misty-eyed.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Australia's most enjoyable film export since Crocodile Dundee.
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.
A feel-good comic ensembler that's hard to resist.