Hidden Figures (2017)


Critic Consensus: In heartwarming, crowd-pleasing fashion, Hidden Figures celebrates overlooked -- and crucial -- contributions from a pivotal moment in American history.


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HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served 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. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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Taraji P. Henson
as Katherine Johnson
Octavia Spencer
as Dorothy Vaughan
Janelle Monáe
as Mary Jackson
Kirsten Dunst
as Vivian Mitchell
Jim Parsons
as Paul Stafford
Mahershala Ali
as Jim Johnson
Kevin Costner
as Al Harrison
Glen Powell
as John Glenn
Aldis Hodge
as Levi Jackson
Ariana Neal
as Joylette
Maria Howell
as Ms. Sumner
Jaiden Kaine
as Joshua Coleman
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Sen. Patrick
Cullen Moss
as Mission Control Commander
Rhoda Griffis
as White Librarian
Dane Davenport
as Alan Shepard
Bob Jennings
as Navy Officer
Alkoya Brunson
as Kenneth Vaughn
Joe Knezevich
as Wind Tunnel Engineer
Kurt Krause
as Sam Turner
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Critic Reviews for Hidden Figures

All Critics (289) | Top Critics (37)

Hidden Figures doesn't try to push many artistic boundaries, but it tells its story so well that it doesn't really have to.

Jan 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Of the formidable threesome, it's Monae who most stands out.

Jan 6, 2017 | Full Review…

An assertion of humanity and civil rights that is pure cinematic nourishment for soul.

Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The story that Hidden Figures tells is so irresistible that you can almost forgive the fact that the movie itself is resistibly unoriginal.

Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson were trailblazers whose fight deserves to be heard, and "Hidden Figures" honors them by turning their story into an audience-pleaser.

Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The film hews closely to the facts in important respects, and evokes the outrages of the Jim Crow era, as well as the feverish competition of the space race, through the fascinating work of its extraordinary heroines.

Jan 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures follows the narrative formula of many sports movies. We get the injustice, the teasing, the dirty looks, the undervalued appreciation for their ability and then that come from behind moment where everyone is proven wrong. It's all served in a pleasing, well-photographed family friendly creation. The overlooked advances from individuals forgotten by history can provide a cutting edge perspective into a historical event. As a piece of entertainment, Hidden Figures is entertaining enough. However, the sentimental uplift of this Hallmark greeting card of a movie doesn't scratch beneath the surface to plumb the depths of their experience. I can imagine that these women faced egregious behavior that undermined their human dignity. One would think Langley Research Center would be a place where analysis and intellectual ability was focused on much more than skin color. Apparently not. The screenplay doesn't examine harder. I wish it had delved deeper and examined why. This cursory study is content to present predictable tropes that are de rigueur for any tale of an underdog. These brave women deserve a powerful story, but Hidden Figures never expands beyond a shallow exploration to get to the heart of their struggle. The screenplay by Allison Schroeder and director Theodore Melfi is an inspirational saga of intellect triumphing over racism in a PG-rated tale. Hidden Figures is a feel-good diversion that will hopefully inspire people to study further. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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In times when an escapist musical such as La La Land is being widely lauded as the film "we all need right now," Hidden Figures is essential viewing. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A highly enjoyable and feelgood movie, but it's overly obvious Hollywood feel devalues the African American struggle as well as female struggle of the time.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Overtly preachy w/o a single dollop of subtlety I actually felt sorry for the white actors playing "the bad guys", which I'm sure was the opposite of what was intended. Even worse, while terrible, not terrible enough to be memorable, and so undercutting the basic premise of the effort. What was good was the remembrance of what a hope NASA used to be for the United States, for the whole world.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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