In the Shadow of the Moon - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

In the Shadow of the Moon Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
The crowd-pleaser has enough ambition to pitch a one-size-fits-all philosophy based on the Apollo crew's revelation that looking down from space, our problems seem trivial.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 1, 2007
David Sington more than makes up for the straightforward nature of his film with the quality of its interviews and plenitude of staggering archive footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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October 6, 2007
The movie fills us with wonder, and pride, and a tugging sense of loss.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 6, 2007
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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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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
September 28, 2007
The astronaut interviews are fun and occasionally moving...
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 28, 2007
The contrast between the near-surreal space footage and the down-to-earth men who were actually in those spacesuits is awe-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 28, 2007
It's a well-timed tribute to American initiative and courage...
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
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 27, 2007
It certainly is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 21, 2007
A moving and masterful documentary by British filmmaker David Sington.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 21, 2007
If you've seen such NASA boosters as For All Mankind, Apollo 13 and From the Earth to the Moon, do you really need to catch the latest one, In the Shadow of the Moon on the big screen? In a word: Yes
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 21, 2007
For those of us old enough, it is another magical reminder of how these missions gave us some hope in very challenging times. For those of us too young, this will give you an idea of what it meant to watch those baby steps that led to one giant leap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 21, 2007
In the Shadow of the Moon is, quite simply, a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2007
Though Shadow could use a bit more confessionals and a bit less history, it still succeeds as a reminder of America's can-do spirit at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 21, 2007
A movie about the space race, In the Shadow of the Moon recalls a different kind of sixties high, the out-of-planetary experience of landing on the moon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 14, 2007
It's so simple, so obvious -- and a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joel Achenbach
Washington Post
September 13, 2007
Now, finally, we know what it was like to walk on the moon: unbelievably cool. Amazing. Fantastic. Scary.
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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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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 10, 2007
It has taken a British director, David Sington, to do what nobody has done before: sit down with surviving Apollo astronauts and get them to talk us through what was, in retrospect, the happiest public event of an unhappy century.
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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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 10, 2007
I came out giddy, feeling lighter -- by about five-sixths -- than I did when I went in.
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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.
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 7, 2007
One small documentary for a filmmaker and one giant leap in inspiration for audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 7, 2007
Want to know what the 'right stuff' really is? Take a look.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 7, 2007
Imagine a time when we actually could set ourselves a national goal -- and meet it within a decade. Imagine an era when the whole free world cheered us on to do it, and then celebrated with us when we did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 7, 2007
It's a stirring reminder of a time when anything seemed possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 7, 2007
Oh, what stories these heroes have to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2007
It feels good to remember those days, even now. Especially now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 7, 2007
In the Shadow of the Moon is a morale booster. The power of its archival images hasn't diminished with familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 6, 2007
This magnificent documentary about the Apollo missions to the moon contains oodles of original, beautifully remastered NASA footage that has never been seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 6, 2007
A film full of wonders.
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 6, 2007
Such an elegant enterprise you might say it has gossamer wings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 5, 2007
David Sington's In the Shadow of the Moon moved me to the extremes of nostalgia, regret and outright admiration as no other movie has moved me this year, even though -- or perhaps because -- it is a mere documentary.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
September 4, 2007
In the Shadow of the Moon recalls the wondrous moment when America had the entire world looking up, up, and not away.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2007
In the Shadow of the Moon finds new resonance in the moment when America redefined progress -- but also when it heeded the siren song of a world so desolate it reminded you what a paradise ours truly is.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 31, 2007
The excitement, majesty and extraordinary human accomplishment of the American lunar program of the '60s and early '70s is rousingly captured in In the Shadow of the Moon.