First Man Reviews

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August 20, 2019
For all its technical merits, narrative intrigue, and fine acting, something feels hollow.
July 11, 2019
It has a good design, but zero personality. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 18, 2019
First Man is sizzling history told ice cold, a stuffy biopic that dreams itself an arthouse meditation when it actually just traffics in snoozy cliches.
May 21, 2019
Like the man at the centre of it, the film seems defined and limited by its stoicism.
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.
February 17, 2019
Bragging rights at what cost
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
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 26, 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 4, 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
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.
November 8, 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.
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.
November 6, 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 30, 2018
In the new feature First Man, director Damien Chazelle aims to give a realistic, procedural account of Armstrong's journey, yet the poetry never happens. Chazelle's take is dour, deliberately unromantic.
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
October 30, 2018
Chazelle and Singer have created a grueling, prosaic, state-of-the-art docudrama (no imagination allowed) with the heart of a male weepie.
October 25, 2018
I left the IMAX theater with a splitting headache and took immediately to bed.
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