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First Man Reviews

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September 19, 2018
First Man is a thrilling, deeply emotional ride to the moon.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 18, 2018
There are points in history where everyone remembers where they were when it happened. This is one of them and Chazelle and his team do that moment justice. This is an event movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 16, 2018
The climactic lunar landing [beautifully depicts Armstrong's personal struggles]. The moment's hugeness ultimately tore it from [his] hands. Now it's finally been given back.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 14, 2018
It's all about perspective... less concerned with history of that mission's impact than with what it was like to be him... Ryan Gosling leans into that squareness, daring us to peer in to his up-tight close-ups and find the guy inside.
September 14, 2018
First Man is as much a spectacle as it is an emotional experience, and in that way feels as old-fashioned as its protagonist.
September 13, 2018
First Man is a stunning cinematic achievement that celebrates one of humanity's biggest triumphs (and mourns the tragedies that happened leading up to it), yet it never loses sight of its personal and small-scale story about a man going to work.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.3/10
September 13, 2018
This is probably the most patriotic film in years.
September 13, 2018
Armstrong's stoicism is treated as one facet of a complete, complicated human being, as opposed to the defining hallmark of a one-dimensional American hero.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 13, 2018
Gosling offers a graceful performance of a man who was all about self-control. Chazelle doesn't stint on the visual thrills, as well as a reverent recreation of the moon landing itself. But there's also unexpected nuance here.
September 13, 2018
First Man is a technically accomplished story of how far one man will go to avoid handling his emotions, dressed up as the story of mankind's mission to the moon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2018
It's an epic, ambitious film, but it ends just shy of true greatness.
September 12, 2018
Smart, incisive, remarkably pared-to-the bone and wary of easy epiphanies.
September 12, 2018
Chazelle and Ryan Gosling follow the exuberance of La La Land with a project both bigger and smaller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2018
Thrilling when it escapes the gravity of drab living rooms and offices, First Man does an admirable job of complexifying a well-told tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2018
A viceral, thrilling experience expertly directed and acted.
September 11, 2018
The moon was hard-earned and so was this movie. It's a stupendous feat.
September 11, 2018
Gosling's portrayal of the stoic Armstrong is so understated that it's hard to tell how much Armstrong realizes the weight of what he's saying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2018
...First Man is an intense ride and an IMAX screen should be considered required viewing.
September 11, 2018
In summary, this movie is good, and its star power has Oscar potential.
September 11, 2018
First Man provides an experience for the viewer that goes beyond just telling the story of Armstrong but seeing and feeling it through his perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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