Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational!
October Sky is a powerful look at a young man's drives to become a scientist. It is also a moving portrait of a father-son relationship.
| Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4
[A] wonderful, new coming-of-age film.
| Original Score: 10/10
Plays like something spewed out by a top-drawer screenwriting program!
| Original Score: 7/10
Another Universal Pictures paint-by-numbers feel-gooder!
The movie is an oddity. Like the seed of a plant born in the drought of summer, it tries to grow on you, and fails.
| Original Score: 2/4
There's hope, heroism, and Dern as a dying schoolmarm, but October Sky falls flat due to its all-too-obvious third act and the vague fact that, really, not that much happens.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Read it as sublimated or expressionist, the movie is all about boys and their toys.
As adapted by Lewis Colick, the screenplay shifts busily among the boys' rocket exploits, Homer's family, conditions at the mine and the influence of a dedicated science teacher, but each of these subplots plays out in familiar ways.
| Original Score: 2/5
The unforced and honest power of the emotion ever so quietly sneaks up on you by film's end.
| Original Score: 3/4
spirited, exciting entertainment that delivers on any number of levels - and you don't have to be a youngster to enjoy it.
It is ultimately in the exact performances and writing that are the primary reasons October Sky works so well.
October Sky is a bit schmaltzy and predictable. But that shouldn't keep anyone from enjoying this true-life saga of a boy whose dreams could not be confined by either gravity or convention.
As rewarding and uplifting as pictures from half a century ago!
A breakout performance by Jake Gyllenhaal!
I liked October Sky and was moved by it in all the right ways. But it's a movie that doesn't stand up to review very well.
It's a major step-up for director Joe Johnston whose previous films such as Honey I Shrunk The Kids and Jumanji were simply special effects showcases.
October Sky certainly isn't a great movie, but a pleasant one, and one I can recommend -- which, so far, in 1999, is a wonder in itself.
| Original Score: 4/5
October Sky is a rare oddity in cinema: a self-proclaimed "uplifting" film that is actually uplifting!
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A professionally crafted family film that reserves all its challenging moments for its characters, letting the audience bask comfortably in the approach of a predetermined warm and fuzzy ending.