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First Man Reviews

September 13, 2018
This is probably the most patriotic film in years.
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
The moon was hard-earned and so was this movie. It's a stupendous feat.
Top Critic
September 11, 2018
Chazelle has made a grippingly nitty-gritty procedural that sees the space race as a window into Armstrong's unknowable mind, an inner space as mysterious as the outer one he blasts himself into.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 10, 2018
In making the story intimate, closely-focused, and human-oriented, Chazelle reminds us in First Man just what an amazing accomplishment walking on the moon was.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2018
Whatever its missteps, "First Man" represents a principled attempt to reconsider what heroism looks and sounds like, to think beyond the reductive rah-rah parameters that have led so many to confuse jingoism with art.
September 10, 2018
As Chazelle oscillates between documenting NASA's many missteps and peering behind the curtain of the Armstrongs' domestic lives, he conjures the type of cinematic high any filmgoer has been chasing since they first stepped inside a theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2018
Unlike "The Right Stuff," with its joyous swagger, "First Man" focuses on costs and losses... but it's thrilling in its depictions of space flight, and the climactic landing on a black-and-white moonscape.
September 4, 2018
It's a special film that keeps you white-knuckled about the outcome of one of the most well-documented days in human history.
September 1, 2018
Chazelle and Gosling have achieved something remarkable with First Man, even if that first man is the last man we feel we truly know.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
When Armstrong climbs into Gemini 8 and it blasts off into the heavens, we've never felt this claustrophobia or listened to the creaking of the metal or felt the thrust of the rockets quite this way before in a movie.
August 29, 2018
A movie so revelatory in its realism, so gritty in its physicality, that it becomes a drama of thrillingly hellbent danger and obsession.
August 29, 2018
A powerful experience that will inspire renewed awe of what Armstrong and his ilk did. It may not be a giant leap for filmmaking, but it's another small step for this filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 29, 2018
This sober, contemplative picture has emotional involvement, visceral tension, and yes, even suspense, in addition to stunning technical craft.