October Sky Reviews

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Top Critic
Joe Leydon
Variety
January 1, 2000
Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational!
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
[A] wonderful, new coming-of-age film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Plays like something spewed out by a top-drawer screenwriting program!
| Original Score: 7/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Another Universal Pictures paint-by-numbers feel-gooder!
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Read it as sublimated or expressionist, the movie is all about boys and their toys.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
The unforced and honest power of the emotion ever so quietly sneaks up on you by film's end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
spirited, exciting entertainment that delivers on any number of levels - and you don't have to be a youngster to enjoy it.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
It is ultimately in the exact performances and writing that are the primary reasons October Sky works so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 1, 2000
A truly uplifting, heartwarming motion picture!
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
As rewarding and uplifting as pictures from half a century ago!
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
January 1, 2000
A breakout performance by Jake Gyllenhaal!
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
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.
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
October Sky is a rare oddity in cinema: a self-proclaimed "uplifting" film that is actually uplifting!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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