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First Man Reviews

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March 20, 2019
A compelling real-life story, an acclaimed director, impressive visuals, a good cast, First Man has so much going for it, which does not explain why the film is so underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 14, 2019
Chazelle skillfully manages to create suspense out of events whose outcomes are well documented.
March 11, 2019
A sombre portrait of what going to the moon and back does to a man.
March 5, 2019
Damien Chazelle, by looking unromantically at how NASA's Apollo program hurled astronauts onto the face of the moon, has made the most inspiring big-studio film in years. Maybe decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 21, 2019
First Man is as bitter and mournful as its protagonist, a true feat for a Hollywood movie about one of the most iconic and celebrated American symbolic victories. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 17, 2019
Bragging rights at what cost
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 11, 2019
From the very first second, Neil's story is brought to life in such a way that not only inspire you to be your best self, but will also educate you in a way you have perhaps never experienced before.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 7, 2019
Chazelle somehow tunes us in to not only the precarious trauma of mankind's first journey to the moon, but also the precarious trauma of mankind's shared journey through life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 7, 2019
Handsome, technically astonishing awards contender.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2019
Damien Chazelle is master manipulator of cinema. He knows exactly what to do with a camera to make you feel like you are physically experiencing this film from the astronaut perspective directly from your set. It's cinematically beautiful
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 4, 2019
While the film had some great thematic elements (specifically the moments in space), the same things that were felt toward the beginning and end of the film, did not span across the film's entirety.
February 1, 2019
Where's the excitement? Man went to the moon. There should be excitement that runneth over. I don't even know if there was enough in the tank to get it started. This is a hard pass for me.
January 31, 2019
Expect lucid space images and not fabricated spectacles, as well as emotions that feel humanely grounded and powerfully mature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 31, 2019
It's as though Chazelle and his ringer cast had approached each scene, whether a space shot or a conversation around a dinner table, and polished it to a blinding shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2019
It is an effective - and affecting - immersive experience for those who wish to understand exactly what drives people like Elon Musk.
January 28, 2019
A mash of awe-inspiring technical wizardry and heartfelt soul gazing, presented by Chazelle with great skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 27, 2019
Painted in shades of melancholy and shouted through silence, it's as much a space movie as it is a psychological drama about grief, and it's an extraordinary effort thanks to its chosen approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 2019
In those sequences when Armstrong is heading for the stars, the approach is so immersive on a sensory level -- cacophonous sound design, juddering cinematography verging on the abstract -- that it almost compensates for the void at the film's core.
January 23, 2019
By the end of First Man, it's unclear if Chazelle wants viewers to cheer on the achievement of walking on the moon - or just breathe a sigh of relief.
January 22, 2019
First Man is an immersive experience, a technical marvel with a poignant payoff.
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