Ad Astra Reviews

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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!"
September 18, 2019
Director James Gray reaches, and his visually striking movie is mostly a success despite a dud of an ending.
September 18, 2019
The lesson of the film is a straightforward one-that in the future, people will still need to rely on one another-but Ad Astra communicates it with staggering profundity.
September 18, 2019
I still left Ad Astra feeling the best kind of dizzy - my perspective shifted, my footing unfamiliar, the world something imperceptibly new.
September 18, 2019
While there's no lack of spectacular vistas, the most dramatic landscape of all is Pitt's face, regularly shown in close-up... This is an acting challenge which Pitt meets impressively, letting emotion surface seemingly against his will.
September 18, 2019
The big payoff is the cinematic equivalent of a black hole.
September 18, 2019
[An] impressively crafted yet increasingly listless enterprise...
September 18, 2019
A genuine space epic which also succeeds in being a very personal film, thanks in large part to Pitt's performance.
September 18, 2019
Beautiful, eerie and always just a bit out of reach, James Gray's "Ad Astra" is an intriguing if not entirely satisfying space odyssey.
September 18, 2019
This is a film with thrilling ambition and reach.
September 17, 2019
With story so huge yet intimate, and earnestly sincere, "Ad Astra" is remarkably composed. Gray keeps a steady hand on the controls, capably landing this spacecraft.
September 17, 2019
Combined with the film's lavish technical achievements, [Pitt's] classic movie star sturdiness makes Ad Astra a memorable filmgoing experience even as the story it tells slips off into the ether.
September 17, 2019
[A] mesmerizing sci-fi drama that takes us to a future where humanity has started to colonize the solar system and the stars have begun to lose some of their luster.
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