First Man Reviews

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January 21, 2020
There are flashes of brilliance in First Man, but like the stuck thruster that almost killed Neil Armstrong before he ever got to the moon, the shoddy photography sends the whole thing spinning out of control.
October 29, 2019
The up-close, frantic camera shots are replaced by glorious wide shots of the Saturn V rocket lifting off and leaving the Earth's atmosphere, accented by Justin Hurwitz's beautiful score.
October 23, 2019
Chazelle demonstrates the rare skill of staging epic spectacles within a most intimate setting.
October 18, 2019
"First Man" soars as much when it's staying grounded as it does when Armstrong and the dreams of the nation finally reach that far-off star.
August 21, 2019
This may be [Damien] Chazelle's best film yet. It may not be a joyous celebration, but watching the intense performances and the meticulous detail, should put your over the moon.
August 20, 2019
For all its technical merits, narrative intrigue, and fine acting, something feels hollow.
August 7, 2019
In the end, Chazelle manages to fashion First Man into a gripping account of one of mankind's greatest achievements. The only slight frustration is the stoic-to-a-fault central character.
August 2, 2019
It's no wonder that [Damien] Chazelle loves portraying obsessed men because he is clearly obsessed with the details. He pays attention to everything. From the smallest bolt holding a ship together to the tempo of Justin Hurwitz's fabulous score.
July 29, 2019
First Man doesn't just dwell on its subject's achievements. It takes a beat to glance into Armstrong's personal motivations and vulnerabilities while using technical mastery to tell an engrossing true-life story.
July 15, 2019
First Manis an interesting take on The United States Space program in the 1960s and the man that would become revered as an American Hero.
July 11, 2019
It has a good design, but zero personality. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 10, 2019
A masterclass in restrained filmmaking that should not be missed.
July 7, 2019
Director Damien Chazelle is on epic territory with the eight-year evolution of astronaut Neil Armstrong from daredevil test pilot to the first man to plant his space boots on the Moon.
June 18, 2019
First Man is sizzling history told ice cold, a stuffy biopic that dreams itself an arthouse meditation when it actually just traffics in snoozy cliches.
June 17, 2019
A thrilling, well constructed character drama that doesn't pull its punches.
June 3, 2019
This is the first space program movie that shows us something other than the usual space program flag-waving-we see civilians questioning the financial costs of the program.
June 3, 2019
Chazelle takes an epic tale and brings it down to earth, making the monumental personal and the historic immediate. Rarely are films of this scale so deeply intimate and yet so grandly realized.
May 29, 2019
Gosling delivers an excellent performance, and presents a character (Neil) full of ambitions, not capable of dealing with emotions, obsessive, brilliant, and pragmatic. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 21, 2019
Like the man at the centre of it, the film seems defined and limited by its stoicism.
May 4, 2019
Reminiscent of Christopher Nolan's breathtaking Dunkirk in that it takes a more subtle approach in its presentation of an event so epic in scale, [Damien] Chazelle has crafted something truly impeccable
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