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First Man Reviews

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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.
September 14, 2018
Gosling's natural charm, often on display in comedies, is again underutilized in favor of a macho blankness, and Chazelle's style is just as uninspired and detached, to often distasteful and manipulative effect.
September 14, 2018
Fails to launch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 11, 2018
May be gorgeous to look at, butthe film fails to capture how awe-inspiringsomething as epic as a trip to the moonmust have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 2, 2018
All that gloom gradually smothers the film, with each shot of Armstrong staring, pained, at the moon (we get it; that's where he's going) further diluting the movie's pull.
August 30, 2018
This is a confident but pretty bland technical exercise... The overall result is an authentic, visually impressive viewing experience that doesn't quite land.
August 29, 2018
This is a respectful movie, even a genuflecting one; there's never a moment when Chazelle fails to let you know he's doing important, valuable work. But that's the problem: The movie feels too fussed-over for such a low-key hero.
August 29, 2018
This is a human story, remarkably well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
August 29, 2018
Ryan Gosling might be the hero of First Man, but the star that shines brightest in these moments is Claire Foy, firing up like the rockets that threaten to take Armstrong away from his family for good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2018
In summary, this movie is good, and its star power has Oscar potential.
September 1, 2018
While I felt the film did struggle with the emotional aspects of the storyline, I really can't find a film that was so effective in its portrayal of the personal experience of hurdling on the end of a rocket into space.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 11, 2018
...First Man is an intense ride and an IMAX screen should be considered required viewing.
August 29, 2018
In its tragic undertones, complex psychological edifice, and claustrophobic visuals, First Man stands out, in both content and form, as a remarkable, jaw-dropping departure from anything Chazelle has previously made.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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 5, 2018
Armstrong's trip becomes a means for emotional emancipation, a backdrop for an intimate, universal story about dealing with trauma.
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 10, 2018
It's not an astronaut movie in the vein of "The Right Stuff" or "Apollo 13," where the Space Race missions are the main focus... its focus is the life of Neil Armstrong, and as the movie shows, he's a man driven by a ghost from his past.
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