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Apollo 13 Reviews

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July 6, 2010
Apollo 13, Ron Howard's soaring salute to space exploration, lifts off with a payload of the right stuff-courage, can-do, grace under pressure and other qualities derided as machismo by some and applauded as old-fashioned values by others.
May 10, 2009
Truly a director for the '90s, Ron Howard has mastered the art of spinning big, old-fashioned yarns without any discernible point of view, and his movie is curiously empty and instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 10, 2009
This is not about the incalculable emptiness of the void. Space here is nothing more than an extension of the western frontier and manifest destiny, a place where men can be brave and women admiring.
January 16, 2009
Apollo 13 remains Howard's masterpiece... It is, quite simply, one of the finest movies ever produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2008
Major, rousing, thoroughly professional Hollywood entertainment that will dazzle you with its re-creations of historical events, take you inside the space capsule and the Houston command center, and leave you wondering where our heroes [have gone].
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 23, 2007
The movie is terrific on nuts-and-bolts stuff, but nuts and bolts aren't the same as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 26, 2006
Overnight, Howard seems to have turned into a combination of the best aspects of Oliver Stone and Robert Altman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 11, 2006
In an age when we rely on computerized directions and GPS devices to drive to the next town, it seems an almost mythic scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 9, 2006
For a 'space movie', both the special effects and photography are surprisingly pedestrian. Where it scores is in subtly restating traditional notions of male heroism.
July 5, 2005
A movie for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 6, 2005
It may not be the best film of the year, but it's certainly made of the right stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 28, 2005
...both fair history and a edge-of-your-seat popcorn thriller, a good example of the best work of which Hollywood is capable.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A-
March 27, 2005
If you don't remember the gripping events of April 1970 before seeing this film, you likely will remember them for a long time afterward.
Read More | Original Score: 84/100
December 6, 2004
... tells a gripping true story efficiently. ... And yet, it still feels too packaged, too neat, too clean.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 7, 2004
Overrated yet nonetheless well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2003
Whether recounting the heartwarming personal stories of the astronauts and their families or documenting the dilemma in heart-stopping detail, Apollo 13 has the right stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 20, 2003
Playing the tough, commanding Jim Lovell is a substantial stretch for Mr. Hanks, but as usual his seeming ingenuousness overshadows all else about the role. There's not a false move to anything he does on screen.
May 12, 2003
It seems strange now, a quarter of a century later, than mankind, with vastly superior technology, lacks the will to venture to the other planets or even to go back to the moon. What a world of wimps we have become!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 30, 2003
Just like the mission itself, APOLLO 13 leaves the impression of being both a success and a failure.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
November 22, 2002
Howard does a marvelous job of making the cerebral exploits of these pencil-chewing, chain-smoking guys the stuff of real adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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