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First Man (2018)


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Critic Consensus: First Man uses a personal focus to fuel a look back at a pivotal moment in human history - and takes audiences on a soaring dramatic journey along the way.

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On the heels of their six-time Academy Award (R)-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar (R)-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures' First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.


Ryan Gosling
as Neil Armstrong
Claire Foy
as Janet Armstrong
Jason Clarke
as Edward Higgins White
Kyle Chandler
as Deke Slayton
Corey Stoll
as Buzz Aldrin
Ciarán Hinds
as Gene Kranz
Patrick Fugit
as Elliott See
Ethan Embry
as Pete Conrad
Lukas Haas
as Mike Collins
Shea Whigham
as Gus Grissom
Pablo Schreiber
as Jim Lovell
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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (15)

This is probably the most patriotic film in years.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Thrilling when it escapes the gravity of drab living rooms and offices, First Man does an admirable job of complexifying a well-told tale.

September 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The moon was hard-earned and so was this movie. It's a stupendous feat.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Chazelle has made a grippingly nitty-gritty procedural that sees the space race as a window into Armstrong's unknowable mind, an inner space as mysterious as the outer one he blasts himself into.

September 11, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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In making the story intimate, closely-focused, and human-oriented, Chazelle reminds us in First Man just what an amazing accomplishment walking on the moon was.

September 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Whatever its missteps, "First Man" represents a principled attempt to reconsider what heroism looks and sounds like, to think beyond the reductive rah-rah parameters that have led so many to confuse jingoism with art.

September 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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