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Apollo 13 Reviews

August 22, 2014
Tom Hanks is on his way to becoming the American Everyman, an exemplar of boyish goodwill and quiet moral force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2014
Ron Howard's pop-entertainment you-are-there space thriller is easily the most rousing film of the year. And it might make real spaceflight just as nifty as Star Wars for youngsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 30, 2013
Even if you know how it all turned out (and you should), this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating.
July 30, 2013
The film succeeds brilliantly at organizing great gobs of information into powerful drama.
July 30, 2013
Hanks is a terrific choice for the lead because he can appear strong and military without slipping over into Sgt. Rock corniness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2013
Apollo 13, one of the most exciting adventure movies of the year, proves that science history can be just as thrilling as science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 30, 2013
Howard is not above pushing buttons of his own and milking the big moments. But they are indeed big moments, and the manipulation is not intrusive. He has made a can-do movie for our can't-do age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 30, 2013
The film, despite its raggedness, is stirring. In the end, this failed mission seems like the most impressive achievement of the entire space program: a triumph not of planning but of inspired improvisation.
June 1, 2011
This meticulous but ultimately rather pedestrian drama gradually won me over as a minor if watchable example of the "victory through defeat" brand of military heroism that John Ford specialized in.
July 6, 2010
Self-conscious about its heroism with portrayals that lean toward the glib and the professionally uplifting, the film milks our sympathies too readily to be emotionally convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 6, 2010
This engrossing account of the nation's most perilous moon shot embodies what many people consider to be old-fashioned American virtues in a virtually pristine state.
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.
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
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.
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.
September 20, 2002
If you thought Tom Hanks was just an ordinary big-screen star, wait until you've seen him eight stories tall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2002
The special effects and many scenes of weightlessness look as good or better than in the original, while the Oscar-winning sound and James Horner's rousing score make good use of the hefty audio system.
September 20, 2002
The re-release of Ron Howard's Apollo 13 in the IMAX format proves absolutely that really, really, really good things can come in enormous packages.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 19, 2002
On a purely pictorial level, this is one of the best-looking IMAX movies ever.
September 19, 2002
Blowing up some 35mm films to an image 10 times larger could magnify their plot faults and performance shortcomings. But Apollo 13, with its taut cast, script and direction, profits from the process.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 3, 2002
It's a great American adventure and a wonderful film to bring to IMAX.
May 12, 2001
It's easily Howard's best film.
January 1, 2000
Maintains its suspense even though the conclusion is well known.
January 1, 2000
While the events of this motion picture may depict NASA's finest hour, the release of Apollo 13 represents Ron Howard's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
From lift-off to splashdown, Apollo 13 gives one hell of a ride.
January 1, 2000
The movie will happily repay multiple viewings.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
I just wish that Apollo 13 worked better as a movie, and that Howard's threshold for corn, mush and twinkly sentiment weren't so darn wide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A powerful story, one of the year's best films, told with great clarity and remarkable technical detail, and acted without pumped-up histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Apollo 13 avoids becoming propaganda, or a masturbatory industrial film for NASA, by focusing on the story's human element.
June 30, 1995
It chronicles one of the most dramatic of all spaceflights, an American catastrophe that became an American victory, and it does this in a way that's so authentic, so brilliant in its technical details, that it succeeds in putting us on that ship.
Full Review | Original Score: B