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Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission (2012)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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Best known as the father of early computer games like Ultima and Ultima Online, Richard Garriott always wanted to follow in his astronaut father's footsteps. But when eye problems made a career at NASA impossible, he turned to private space travel to make his dream come true. Man On A Mission captures everything from Garriott's training in Russia to his launch aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as life aboard the International Space Station, resplendent views of the earth from space,

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (7)

Garriott's story is unique, a stranger-than-fiction tale that is unlikely to be topped. And the images from space - crisp, spectacular, haunting - make it worth the trip.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's a bit precious in its narcissistic point of view, but still a kick to watch the hopelessly devoted astronaut wannabe fulfill his wildest dream.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Completely lacking in imagination and purpose, this vanity project might suffice as a home movie, but it's hardly worth the expense and bother of seeing it in a theater.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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"Man on a Mission," the most expensive home movie ever made, is one man's genial account of his trip into outer space.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A must-see for stargazers of all ages.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film summons up the childlike wonder and optimism inherent in space exploration, while examining how it's opening up to self-funded travelers.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A self-made gaming mogul with a flair for theatricality buys himself a $30 million ticket to space via a Russian Soyuz craft.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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A genius at making money with computer games, space tourist Garriott will recoup little from this cartoon of a space adventure.

January 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Revenge of the computer geek!

January 14, 2012 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
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Timid documentary tags along on a man's $30 million ride into space without probing deep enough to provoke awe, insight or emotional involvement.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Oh, the things that money can buy.

January 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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