The Astronaut Farmer Reviews

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 26, 2007
It's hard not to like this goofy little film...engaging and uplifting for young and old.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Stax
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
While it is far too long, especially in the home stretch, The Astronaut Farmer is a heartwarming and fun story about the tenacity it takes to see a dream through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 23, 2007
The filmmakers reveal a keen eye for oddities in the American landscape be it a pair of conjoined twins trying to look normal, a huge ark sitting in the middle of a Montana town or a rocket nestled in a barn.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
It earns emotion because Farmer's arguments with the F.A.A. and his own wife appeal to basic hopes of liberty - belief that dreaming doesn't have to end with adulthood.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
March 9, 2007
As sweet as new-mown hay, "The Astronaut Farmer" is a gentle movie about pursuing dreams regardless of the cost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
March 7, 2007
a quirky, feel-good flick that espouses the virtues of following your dreams, no matter how improbable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
March 3, 2007
A wise, weird and wonderful indie film that is chock-full of quirky characters, intriguing situations and sly social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 2, 2007
...scientifically implausible, even laughable, but emotionally it's irresistible...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
February 28, 2007
If 'feel good' is a film objective worthy of ridicule, then call this reviewer a space cadet.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
February 28, 2007
Has a scrappy charm that's hard to completely resist.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 27, 2007
Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay the movie is to say that it actively made me want to throw logic right out the window and surrender completely to the fantasy. Which is exactly what I did. This is a little masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 27, 2007
If you like Frank Capra-like movies, then this is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 27, 2007
If somewhat overly familiar and contrived at times this is a likable Capra-esque story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 26, 2007
The Polish brothers, masters of the weird, have decided to make a family film. Everybody does that occasionally, and this time they succeed.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Denver Urban Spectrum
February 25, 2007
Fortunately, this fable revolves around a role model worth emulating with an intact moral compass and an indomitable spirit of adventure. What a breath of fresh air after that Space Shuttle Commander arrested for attempted murder in an adult diaper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 25, 2007
With The Astronaut Farmer writer-director Michael Polish and his co-writer brother Mark continue a foray into American mythmaking that began with Northfork.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 24, 2007
This may get some in the audience to dream of doing more creative things with their free time than just going to the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
February 24, 2007
This family-friendly fable lifts off with unabashedly sentimental inspiration. Talk about having The Right Stuff!
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
February 24, 2007
challenges the status quo with a gentle but insistent nudge, celebrating personal freedom over the restraints of a big government that answers to no one. It's quintessentially American and quintessentially enchanting
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 24, 2007
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