Ad Astra Reviews

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September 27, 2019
For most of its running time, Ad Astra amounts to a rather somber and sterile two-hour orbit.
September 23, 2019
This is slow, obtuse filmmaking with little emotional connection.
September 20, 2019
In a mesmerizing, minimalist performance, Pitt forms the gravitational center of a film that takes its place in the firmament of science fiction films by fearlessly quoting classics of the genre (as well as those outside it).
September 20, 2019
To lavish too much praise on Mr. Pitt's performance would be to somehow suggest he isn't already among the best actors on screen. He is.
September 20, 2019
The film's geography takes us on a cross-solar system journey but the real trajectory is deep into the human experience - finding meaning in life and coming to grips with being left behind.
September 20, 2019
Gray has a gift for shrinking massive set pieces and enlarging private dramas.
September 20, 2019
I could hardly agree more with the humanist message of Ad Astra, while at the same time my inner Trekkie is saying, "We came millions of miles for this?"
September 20, 2019
This is rare, nuanced storytelling, anchored by one of Brad Pitt's career-best performances and remarkable technical elements on every level. It's a special film.
September 20, 2019
The canniness of Gray's procedure is matched by the boldness, even the recklessness, of the extremes to which he pushes it-along with his characters, his story, his emotions, and his techniques.
Top Critic
September 19, 2019
It makes its observations about our place in the cosmos with... grace, even majesty.
September 19, 2019
In drawing on and amplifying ideas that have appeared elsewhere in his work, [James] Gray heightens Ad Astra's sense of familiarity, making the future seem like something out of the past.
September 19, 2019
It doesn't help that Pitt... is at his most blank and monotonous here, delivering his least effective performance since Louis the reluctant bloodsucker in Interview with the Vampire.
September 19, 2019
It's a well-made, provocative movie. And in a great big universe searching for intelligent content, one would hope there's still room for that.
September 19, 2019
Stellar acting, along with the pretty pictures, overrides the film's structural limitations.
September 19, 2019
For the most part, the film's heaviness is a virtue, even when its director, James Gray, slips into grandiosity.
September 19, 2019
The stakes in "Ad Astra" feel more theoretical than urgent. Pitt, however, manages some genuinely moving revelations of character under duress.
September 19, 2019
Brad Pitt and visionary writer-director James Gray concoct a cerebral sci-fi film about fathers and sons that's absolutely enthralling.
September 18, 2019
It's a deeply felt contemplation on whether we actually know our parents and their actions so we can see them as they truly are.
September 18, 2019
A movie that, for the bulk of its two-hour-and-two-minute running time, I watched in a state of hypnotized delight.
September 18, 2019
When somebody asks Brad Pitt what he did this summer, here's how he should respond: "Resuscitated my acting career!"
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