The Astronaut Farmer

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The Astronaut Farmer is a charming, inspirational drama that successfully avoids modern cinematic cliches while appealing to the optimistic dreamer in all of us.

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Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton), a rancher who once trained to be an astronaut, decides to fulfill a lifelong dream: He builds a rocket in his barn and plans to pilot it into space. Though he faces foreclosure on his ranch, the disbelief of his neighbors and threats from the government, Charles remains determined to reach for the stars.

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Critic Reviews for The Astronaut Farmer

  • Thornton carries the film with relaxed authority, though the earnest tone doesn't let him explore the nuttier aspects of a character who, from any reasoned distance ought look more screwy than heroic.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
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    October 29, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Fueled by a decidedly American formula of can-do crazy, The Astronaut Farmer feels, for all its libertarianism, a little lost in space.

    March 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Too odd for a studio movie, too cornpone for the independent scene, The Astronaut Farmer

    February 24, 2007 | Rating: B-
  • Each shot is lovingly framed to show the golden light playing over the pastoral landscapes, set in a small town that makes Mayberry seem unfriendly and featuring a family so unconditionally loving and devoted that we seem to have come upon them mid-Hallma

    February 23, 2007 | Rating: B+
  • By film's conclusion it's hard not to root for the main character's success, if only so Earth can be rid of one more lousy husband and parent.

    February 23, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 01, 2013
    The first ten minutes were the most tedious I've spend in ages. Is Billy Bob Thornton betting on his appeal to carry a movie, because I think that currency has been devalued. Anyway, the story is bogus: who even OWNS a family farm anymore? They're just feeders into Big Food. And why now? He's been at this rocket building task for ten years. Too unbelievable to be real and not charming enough to be good fantasy.
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  • Feb 16, 2013
    A Texas rancher named Charles Farmer creates a sensation with his fantastical dream of launching a homemade rocket into space in The Astronaut Farmer. Featuring a strong cast that includes Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Tim Blake Nelson, and Bruce Willis, the film has some great performances. And the story is quite well written, especially in its ability to keep the focus on the Farmer family. However, there are some weaknesses in the plot and the film loses some momentum toward the end. Wonderfully uplifting, The Astronaut Farmer is an inspired story about following dreams.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2011
    The Astronaut Farmer is the fictional story of a former NASA astronaut who builds his own rocket to travel in space. The film follows the same feel good formula that many other films have taken, and the results are somewhat mixed. The film is average and can almost be seen as recycled ideas from previous films dealing with achieving the impossible. Obviously the character building his rocket will have obstacles to overcome and there'll be a period where he'll just want to give up, but he's encouraged to continue. The feds get involved because they believe that Charles Farmer is building a WMD in his barn. He faces the feds, skeptical neighbors, but he'll prove them wrong. Astronaut Farmer is typical of the feel good film. The film is good to watch, but it doesn't do anything new or original with the script. The Astronaut Farmer is a good film to watch with your family. Unfortunately the film is flawed and at times the film feels a bit stupid in it's dialogue delivery. Some parts made me cringe. The Astronaut Farmer is an average feel good film with decent acting, and average plot. However it's clear that the script suffers, and the full potential of this picture is strained and has yet to realized. Good, but not great. The thing with this film is that they were plenty of opportunities to craft something pretty good, but the filmmakers decided to recycle old ideas, and at times the film feels rushed. Still decent entertainment.
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  • Oct 21, 2010
    I really didn't want to see this. For reasons unknown, a relative of mine wanted to which, I can't remember if he just wanted to see this, or specifically he really had interest. I just remember arguing against this and feeling the pain of billy bob robbing my wallet.
    Thom M Super Reviewer

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