First Man Reviews

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March 21, 2019
A fascinating film, it's difficult to watch at times because there's so much loss and so much risk that we never really thought about that lead us getting there.
October 18, 2018
This is a movie that - flag or no flag - doesn't need to take a political stance to make a political statement. ●
October 15, 2018
A long, draining, almost painful film that commands admiration more than love.
October 12, 2018
As long as First Man is airborne, it's a marvel. I can't recall another movie that conveyed with such punch the perils and exhilarations of spaceflight. It's when the film is earthbound that it falls down.
October 12, 2018
It's a movie where the technique matches the ambition, one that moves from tragedy to grandeur to personal drama without becoming bombastic or even worse, falsely patriotic.
October 12, 2018
Ryan Gosling's impassive visage must have the gravitational pull of a black hole, because Chazelle can't seem to keep his camera from being pulled loose from its moorings and drawn in thisclose for more than one or two scenes at a time.
Top Critic
October 12, 2018
What the movie does do is give you a hair-raising feeling of what it really felt like inside the space craft, where every hour was life-threatening and the outcome was always perilous.
October 12, 2018
"First Man" never quite connects at a gut level. For a story that shoots for the moon, it has trouble leaving the ground.
October 12, 2018
Most movies aim to take us out of ourselves. This one goes to majestic extremes.
October 11, 2018
A movie that's as fascinated by the remote inner landscape of its hero as he is by the unexplored surface of the moon.
October 11, 2018
When the Eagle finally lands on the moon in First Man, the picture truly soars.
October 11, 2018
What makes the movie so memorable, so good, so strong, is the unvarnished, warts-and-all perspective.
October 11, 2018
First Man,... is a worthy successor not only to Chazelle's Whiplash and La La Land, but to the astronaut films that precede it, like Apollo 13 and especially The Right Stuff.
October 11, 2018
Using every modern tool at its disposal, First Man has again presented just how harrowing that frontier was at the time, in the process planting its flag among the year's best movies.
October 11, 2018
Even when First Man stumbles as historical psychodrama, it still represents a giant leap forward for movies about the physical and emotional experience of flight.
October 11, 2018
The drama of the real-life history overcomes the weakness of the lead character.
October 11, 2018
A historical film in which the historical element is so grossly distorted as to detach the hero from humanity.
October 11, 2018
It's a movie that shows how the most personal moments can coexist within and alongside the most momentous events. It's a film that insists history is made from private lives.
October 11, 2018
It gets almost everything right, but it's also strangely underwhelming.
October 11, 2018
Unmissable and unforgettable.
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