October Sky Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 1, 2000
Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational!
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
One of the best in recent years!
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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
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Sweetness is too rare in movies these days, so audiences can feel lucky about the earnest dose of it in October Sky. This film is family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Another Universal Pictures paint-by-numbers feel-gooder!
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Believable, subtle, and consistently intelligent!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
It is a film that treats its teen-aged hero and his pals as distinctive, sentient human beings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
October Sky will go straight to the heart of any man who recalls looking up at the night sky as a boy and getting stars in his eyes.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This movie has deep values.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
October Sky is a sensational character-driven story with a strong narrative and great visual style.
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
A must-see for every student, parent and teacher in the country!
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Entertainment Weekly
February 19, 1999
Full Review | Original Score: B