Hidden Figures

2016, History/Drama, 2h 7m

322 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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In heartwarming, crowd-pleasing fashion, Hidden Figures celebrates overlooked -- and crucial -- contributions from a pivotal moment in American history. Read critic reviews

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Three brilliant African American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

Cast & Crew

Taraji P. Henson
Katherine Johnson
Octavia Spencer
Dorothy Vaughan
Janelle Monáe
Mary Jackson
Kevin Costner
Al Harrison
Kirsten Dunst
Vivian Mitchell
Jim Parsons
Paul Stafford
Kimberly Quinn
Ruth, Co-Producer
Glen Powell
John Glenn
Aldis Hodge
Levi Jackson
Bob Jennings
Navy Officer
Theodore Melfi
Screenwriter
Jamal Daniel
Executive Producer
Renee Witt
Executive Producer
Ivana Lombardi
Executive Producer
Mimi Valdés
Executive Producer
Kevin Halloran
Executive Producer
Margot Lee Shetterly
Executive Producer
Mandy Walker
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Pharrell Williams
Original Music
Benjamin Wallfisch
Original Music
Wynn Thomas
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  • Aug 25, 2019
    Do not at all think that by my feelings I attempt to diminish the achievements of those who made Hidden Figures nor the real women around which the story revolves, this simply just wasn't for me.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2019
    Delightful history lesson about the black female mathematicians who helped NASA bring people into space. There are a couple of unpleasant scenes reminding the audience of the ridiculousness of race segregation in the 1960s, but overall the mood is pretty uplifting and optimistic. The end is pretty exciting even if you know how things worked out. A fantastic cast makes for several really touching scenes. A pleasure of a film and a story worth being told.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2018
    An inspiring story not aspiring for originality, Hidden Figures forgoes new math for simple arithmetic, boasting a different kind of edginess just in telling a tale of marginalized trailblazers that needs to be told and seen. This is not to say that such storytelling is easy work, however. For a teaching moment to be this heartwarming, entertaining, and rousing, it takes a very intelligent design and the true beauty of the film comes down to how the whole production explains a complex problem involving segregation and empowerment with such a single, satisfying solution. This PG-rated drama presents the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae) who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Certainly, the true events on which Hidden Figures is based didn't unfold so breezily in real life and the actual hidden figures themselves didn't enjoy such a breezy journey. This is a film meant to fuel the soul of all filmgoers, however, especially women and people of color. Its intent is to raise the spirits--not look back in abject anger. This is why their story has been re-purposed as a crowd-pleaser. With a PG rating, it is meant to be accessible. If it encourages action as well, this is only a good thing. But Hidden Figures's main purpose is to inform, honor, and celebrate, which the film does with great dignity and grace. Adapted from the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi's screenplay provides the perfect template for this successful rendering. The casting only sweetens the pot. Spectacular turns by veterans Henson and Spencer as well as relative newcomer Monae (a breakout role, to be sure) drive the strong narrative. The great supporting performances of Kevin Costner, Jim Parson, and Mahershala Ali likewise deserve mention but this is definitely the ladies' show. As director, Melfi has pulled off a ridiculously impressive feat. Not only does Joan Q. Filmgoer learn about some criminally overlooked figures from American history, but she feels pretty damn good about doing so. To Sum It Up: All Plusses, No Minuses
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2017
    It's definitely entertaining, but these kinds of simplistic Hollywood retellings of historical events have been tiresome for quite some time. If you're going to confront the realities of racism and sexism then you should do so honestly and with all of their complexities.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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