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The Dish Reviews

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Robert Horton
Film.com
March 16, 2001
If it weren't so pushy about selling itself, The Dish might have been a very special movie.
Max Messier
Filmcritic.com
April 5, 2001
Innocuous, watery, and lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Ward
PopMatters
April 6, 2001
Suffers from a halting execution.

BeatBoxBetty.com
March 14, 2001
I found the whole thing a bit uninteresting.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 6, 2001
A smiling human comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 6, 2001
A comedy with a heart -- a rare thing in the movies these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 15, 2001
I started smiling ten minutes after the movie began, and didn't stop until ten minutes after it ended.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
A heartwarming family movie about the space race.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 5, 2001
There's an old-fashioned, can-do quality to The Dish, which is inspiring without being schmaltzy.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 26, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 13, 2001
A charmingly old-fashioned film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 20, 2009
A satellite dish sitting in the middle of an Australian sheep farm might not sound like the most compelling subject to base a story around, but there are hidden charms in this graceful film that add up to something quite out of the ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 14, 2001
If you're old enough to remember the first moon landing, The Dish is guaranteed to leave you with a lump in your throat.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
Sitch deserves the highest praise for recapturing the global feeling of rapture and awe at watching a man walk on the moon. ... For a few minutes we can party like it's 1969.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 4, 2001
Small moments, bigger moments, and an adequate sense of just so.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 6, 2001
The real heart-and-soul of The Dish is the process whereby the Australian scientists and the NASA consultant learn to tame their egos in pursuing their common goal.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
April 9, 2001
Vivaciously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
April 25, 2001
One would be surprised to find such an enjoyably human story from what appears to be a cold, scientific instrument.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 23, 2001
"The Dish" finds a place where gentle charm and humor live side by side with the awe and grandeur of man's accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 12, 2001
...a little gem of understated real-life whimsy....a brief refreshment that won't offend your ears or intellect.
| Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 7, 2001
Mark Freeman
Senses of Cinema
January 24, 2004
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
April 6, 2001
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
May 23, 2001
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 16, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
March 22, 2001

Guardian
August 10, 2001

Irish Times
September 7, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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