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Apollo 13 Reviews

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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.

TV Guide
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.
David Cornelius
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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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
Rob Gonsalves
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
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
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
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.
David Medsker
July 5, 2005
A movie for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Salisbury
Empire Magazine
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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 Review| Original Score: A-
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 84/100
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... tells a gripping true story efficiently. ... And yet, it still feels too packaged, too neat, too clean.
| Original Score: B-
Michael Dequina
August 7, 2004
Overrated yet nonetheless well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
Dragan Antulov
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
Dennis King
Tulsa World
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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