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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 4

This inspirational 3D IMAX film approximates for audiences what it is like to set steps on the moon.

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

This inspirational 3D IMAX film approximates for audiences what it is like to set steps on the moon.

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Twelve men who belong to one of the world's most exclusive fraternities -- people who've walked on the surface of the moon -- are paid homage in this documentary. Using newsreel footage, rare NASA photographs, and digitally animated re-creations, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon examines the Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972 which put astronauts on the moon. In addition to explaining the technological know-how necessary to take our fliers to the moon, the film shares the thoughts

Nov 6, 2007

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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon is an earnest but insubstantial Imax 3-D spectacle that, even at 40 minutes, seems unduly padded.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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The illusion is impressive but incomplete, and therefore mildly disappointing. But I cannot deny having felt a little nervous when 'we' were standing too close to the edge at the Grand Canyon-like Hadley Rille. So clearly I am a liar.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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One of the astronauts describes his excitement during the lunar mission as 'like a kid playing in a sandbox.' Unfortunately, that could also sum up the film's visual content.

September 23, 2005 | Comment (1)
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Adults will be more than passably entertained by this short, patriotic feature, and kids will be entranced.

September 23, 2005
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Playful, inspirational.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Offers the most realistic approximation of a moon visit that Earthbound mortals have ever seen.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This is a mesmerizing film that serves as a reminder of just how amazing our country's space exploration has been.

November 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

It's a stirring and persuasive plug for resuming in-person space exploration -- and it's a lot of fun besides.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Overall, the production successfully maneuvers through 2D and 3D nearby-space with a playful spirit of curiosity, experiment and wonder.

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Go see Magnificent Desolation on the giant IMAX screen and Tom Hanks will moon-rock your world.

January 19, 2006

"Magnificent," indeed.

November 23, 2005 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

In a cinematic era in which seemingly any feat or place can be generated for the screen, it's what these men said -- in mundane exchanges and insightful retrospection -- that stirs one most.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

condensing the moon program into roughly 60 minutes is a pretty impressive feat. Giving you the feeling of actually being part of it is even more impressive

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Tom Hanks' folksy narration could be intended to bury as much as praise the space program: Apollo missions belonged to an era of American optimism unlikely to be revisited.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

As contrived as its title, Magnificent Desolation has the look and feel of a NASA fundraiser.

October 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The movie's very realistic 3-D simulations and cleverly collated archival footage give filmgoers the best idea yet of what it's like to set foot on gray lunar soil.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The film is fascinating history and unabashedly inspirational.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The whole package is as entertaining as it is educational.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

Caught this on a recent trip to the Kennedy Space Center, so there's nothing like being there to enhance your experience! This IMAX documentary is one of a series of excellent films made about one of humankind's great adventures: The moon missions. It takes you from the origins through a lot of footage from the later missions that you may not have seen, and supplements the real footage with technically excellent simulations and re-enactments. Like its close cousin, From the Earth To The Moon series, its an inspirational and sometimes harrowing tale of the journey to our nearest neighbor. It's calculated to inspire, and it does. The sheer magnitude of what was accomplished is still pretty staggering. If you watch this and are not moved by the experience, then you either never saw any of the space program coverage over the last 40 years, or you just aren't awake. The kids in the film can't name the astronauts that did it, but it still captures their imagination and that nothing is impossible.

Great narration, photography, and science fact.

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