In the Shadow of the Moon Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 4, 2007
The documentary would play well in a double feature with something on the four food groups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
September 6, 2007
might also be called In the Shadow of Neil Armstrong because the absence of his towering presence in the film is a big, gaping hole in the narrative
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
November 2, 2007
Respectful, enthusiastic and occasionally rather touching as the men, now in their seventies, recall how it felt up there. Yet the really important question never gets asked: what was it all for?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 7, 2007
Ten astronauts try to tell it like it was, but weighted down by the heaviness of the politics that created the lunar exploration program, the best stories will have to wait for later
| Original Score: 6/10
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 7, 2007
These are old stories told with minimal artistry, and the film lacks the vision that might separate it from a crowded field.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 27, 2007
When it comes to the Apollo program, nobody relates the saga of men going to the moon quite like the corps of 24 who actually made the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 14, 2007
A researcher for this production spent years screening NASA footage that was still, in many cases, in its original film cans and had never been seen. The film was cleaned up and restored, the color refreshed, and the result is beautiful and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 6, 2007
Successfully recaptures the feeling of what made the Apollo missions so special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 28, 2007
There's vibrant visual poetry here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
September 7, 2007
This Sundance Film Festival winner will give you a lump in your throat and a sense of pride reliving a great moment the whole world once shared that now seems virtually forgotten. This movie guarantees it won't be.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 13, 2007
It has the air of an officially sanctioned tribute rather than a probing study, but it's stirring all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 6, 2007
Thanks to who they are and what they're talking about, the ten talking heads of In the Shadow Of the Moon are more dramatic than the heroes of most dramas.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
September 30, 2007
...an entertaining and informative film that reveals so much about an event you think you already know about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2007
Documentaries these days tend toward doom and gloom, so Moon is a welcome relief.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 4, 2007
A gorgeous, powerful and moving film ... not only the best documentary of the year, but possibly one of the best films period.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 10, 2007
A beautiful, exhilarating, and sometimes deeply moving documentary about those long-ago Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 7, 2007
In the Shadow of the Moon touches on the tip of a great and still virtually unexplored iceberg, and one that not only can melt our hearts but our currently frozen imaginations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 19, 2008
I wouldn't have missed this chance to revisit one of earth's most significant encounters with deep space for anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 3, 2008
It never hurts to be reminded of our potential and our insignicance, and who better to do the reminding than clean-cut American boys who've covered up the entire world with their thumbs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Miliard
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 6, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2008
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