| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: 3/5
A self-made gaming mogul with a flair for theatricality buys himself a $30 million ticket to space via a Russian Soyuz craft.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Revenge of the computer geek!
"Man on a Mission," the most expensive home movie ever made, is one man's genial account of his trip into outer space.
A must-see for stargazers of all ages.
The film summons up the childlike wonder and optimism inherent in space exploration, while examining how it's opening up to self-funded travelers.
A genius at making money with computer games, space tourist Garriott will recoup little from this cartoon of a space adventure.
| Original Score: 5/10
Timid documentary tags along on a man's $30 million ride into space without probing deep enough to provoke awe, insight or emotional involvement.
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.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
This documentary about a private citizen's journey into space plays like the most expensive home movie ever made.
It is difficult, in fact, to discern who the intended audience is for Man on a Mission, save aspirant cosmonauts with a fortune to burn up in the atmosphere or perhaps the Garriott family.
Oh, the things that money can buy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Experiencing this doc can feel like being pinned to your seat by an excited 12-year-old who's watched Apollo 13 too often.