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First Man Reviews

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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
January 3, 2019
Aside from a few glimpses of emotion at the death of his daughter, I never got any sense of feeling or personality from Neil Armstrong
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 29, 2018
The cool special effects can't overcome the flat script and ultra-restrained acting. Neil Armstrong may not have been brimming with charisma, but the director and actor needed to reach deeper and find something human for the audience to connect to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
October 30, 2018
First Man starts grippingly but soon becomes crushingly orthodox, betraying Chazelle's tendency, as per his previous films, to want to over-literalise the moral of his stories
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 7, 2018
As Chazelle peels back the layers of Neil's personality to expose his anguished headspace, the director simply has very little insight to share.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 8, 2018
... a scattershot examination on loneliness and American exceptionalism that can sometimes be thoughtful, sometimes dull, but mostly feels hollow.
October 12, 2018
The cinematic equivalent to a professor giving a creative art student a history assignment when you know good and well that he's better off doing art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 5, 2018
The movie is okay, but I wanted a lot from the film...I don't want to take away from what they did, but I just couldn't get into it.
October 16, 2018
I'm a great admirer of the work and efforts of everyone involved in this film. I just don't think this is their finest moment-or 138 overly drawn out moments, to be exact.
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.
October 9, 2018
It feels as though there's been a tonal misstep; someone didn't read the room properly. We don't need apolitical platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 12, 2018
The movie, with its apathetic whimper of a final scene reunion between Neil and Janet, is both grandiose and underwhelming. I left First Man less certain than ever about the actual practical worth of the U.S.'s moon landing.
October 12, 2018
The result is a film that replaces humanity with a cold nothingness, and unfortunately nothing fills that vacuum.
November 8, 2018
First Man is a film filled with great intentions, but awful execution. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 6, 2018
First Man bears the familiar curse of the biopic-it somehow feels both overlong and unsatisfying-and never quite escapes the shadow of The Right Stuff.
October 12, 2018
Everything about the story and presentation is big, so it's a bit disappointing that it all comes off a bit lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2018
The film can be best summed up as "bland": with bland performances in a bland looking film, it is blandly entertaining, and blandly inspiring
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2018
First Man is a strange film to review because, on the one hand, I want to praise it for being a technical masterpiece but on the other, it lacks character development and emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 19, 2018
Maybe twenty years ago, in the age of Titanic and Apollo 13, it would've been seen as groundbreaking. Nowadays, it's all a bit too stuffy and proper.
October 11, 2018
First Man has trouble balancing the toll it takes on astronauts with everything else and where there should be emotion, a sense of urgency, and some sense of pride, there is an emptiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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