Ad Astra Reviews

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October 19, 2019
Brad Pitt is nothing short of phenomenal in this remarkable, poignant and visually arresting film from James Gray.
September 30, 2019
There's larger social commentary here, but the root of the drama is about a man learning to embrace the emotions he's kept buried for years.
September 27, 2019
For most of its running time, Ad Astra amounts to a rather somber and sterile two-hour orbit.
September 27, 2019
The film's Latin title means "to the stars." But the satisfactions of James Gray's project lie in a special branch of astronomy-not the study of planets, but of the supernova at the center of "Ad Astra": Brad Pitt.
September 25, 2019
It's a very somber and moody film. The atmosphere is achieved beautifully.
September 23, 2019
McBride is a man living without feeling, and Pitt's performance is beautifully restrained, expressing whole continents of emotion with the furrow of an eyebrow.
September 23, 2019
This is slow, obtuse filmmaking with little emotional connection.
September 22, 2019
In a world in which Star Wars movies still rule the roost, it's encouraging to find an $80m space-based movie setting its artistic sights on the stars rather than simply recycling intergalactic horse-opera cliches.
September 22, 2019
James Gray's Ad Astra, as a reflection upon loss and masculinity is as illuminating as the sun, personal in its careful inspection, and a repressed masterpiece.
September 22, 2019
Gray is such an exquisite cinematic craftsman it's unlikely I could have torn my eyes away from the screen even if I had wanted to try and do so.
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
Brad Pitt reminds us why he's a goddamn star in James Gray's gorgeous, contemplative, and masculinity-puncturing Ad Astra.
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
..."Ad Astra" uses science fiction for very intimate, personal purposes-and what's distinctive about this gripping, sometimes preposterous film is the way that Gray sticks his neck out to balance the demands of intimacy and wham-bam spectacle.
September 20, 2019
Ad Astra is technologically breathtaking, but its narrative is a sleepy tale of daddy issues with Brad Pitt emerging from his most engaging role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, left to make sad eyes for two hours.
September 20, 2019
Gray has a gift for shrinking massive set pieces and enlarging private dramas.
September 20, 2019
At times the film is so thoughtful, so interior, the dialogue can sound like it came from a classy mindfulness app.
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.
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