October Sky Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 29, 2015
...compulsively watchable...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 24, 2011
uplifting family film with great values
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Bourne
April 7, 2006
...plays like a TV movie made for everyone who subscribes to Reader's Digest. Still, its manipulations are sincere rather than cynical...
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The TV movie subject matter is infused with genuine feeling for the value of learning as a passport to freedom, and an authentic regard for the honest graft of working men.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Director Joe Johnston has crafted a feel good film that doesn't pander to cheap emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
October Sky is a movie you want to believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 23, 2003
Any film that celebrates a teenager's ability to think instead of throw a ball ought to be cheered.
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Though shot in Tennessee, Johnston's October Sky successfully evokes the stifling atmosphere of a blackened 1950s town in the southern West Virginia mountains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Maher
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Retreads the soggy ground staked out by Field of Dreams, with sentimental tears and group hugs as the answer to conflicting ideological standpoints.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
An enthralling and warm-hearted story about four high school students who taught themselves to build and fly real rockets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A sweet yet sincere coming-of-age story about fathers and sons, communities pulling together and, above all, heroes.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
This small, well-crafted coming-of-age docudrama is a real-life Revenge of the Nerds by way of Stand By Me.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 28, 2002
It will lift your spirit and make you feel good about all those who pursue their dreams in the face of large obstacles.
Rob Blackwelder
October 25, 2001
...so full of spirit and letter-perfect filmmaking that I defy anyone to watch this movie without getting a tingle in his or her heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
March 12, 2001
The 'follow your dream' theme works, even though the son versus father sub-plot struggles at times.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
October Sky doesn't seem like much on paper, but it is an entertaining, smart movie that is calculated to satisfy the all-American notion that anyone can do anything as long as he tries hard enough and never stops believing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
It is about four kids who build rockets, but it is a lot more than that. It is about having the guts to go for your dreams and not worrying about what other people think.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
David Armstrong
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A compulsively watchable, well-crafted feature...
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
It's good for inspiring, good to make you all misty-eyed and it's commendable for making trigonometry more enticing than football.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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