• PG, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Joe Johnston
    In Theaters:
    Feb 19, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 29, 1999
  • Universal


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October Sky Reviews

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Joe Leydon
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Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational!

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Susan Granger

[A] wonderful, new coming-of-age film.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 10/10

January 1, 2000
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Plays like something spewed out by a top-drawer screenwriting program!

| Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Another Universal Pictures paint-by-numbers feel-gooder!

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
David Keyes

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 Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

Read it as sublimated or expressionist, the movie is all about boys and their toys.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina

The unforced and honest power of the emotion ever so quietly sneaks up on you by film's end.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

spirited, exciting entertainment that delivers on any number of levels - and you don't have to be a youngster to enjoy it.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman

It is ultimately in the exact performances and writing that are the primary reasons October Sky works so well.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Bob Bloom

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

As rewarding and uplifting as pictures from half a century ago!

January 1, 2000
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

A breakout performance by Jake Gyllenhaal!

Full Review

January 1, 2000
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

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 Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
Greg Muskewitz

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams

October Sky is a rare oddity in cinema: a self-proclaimed "uplifting" film that is actually uplifting!

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
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