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Hidden Figures Reviews

December 2, 2017
Most of this country's history - like most Hollywood movies - has been written by white men. 'Hidden Figures' is a great reminder of the unsung African-American women who contributed to all our accomplishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 17, 2017
Hidden Figures doesn't try to push many artistic boundaries, but it tells its story so well that it doesn't really have to.
January 6, 2017
Of the formidable threesome, it's Monae who most stands out.
January 6, 2017
An assertion of humanity and civil rights that is pure cinematic nourishment for soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 6, 2017
The story that Hidden Figures tells is so irresistible that you can almost forgive the fact that the movie itself is resistibly unoriginal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 6, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 5, 2017
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.
January 5, 2017
Hidden Figures is a mash-up of the space race and civil rights that serves both well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 5, 2017
"Hidden Figures" tells a singular story in textbook fashion, creating a conventional, feel-good, part-fictional history lesson that would fit in any high school.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2017
Both a dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into history ...
Top Critic
January 5, 2017
Solving institutional discrimination has proven to be harder than getting John Glenn to circle the globe. But Hidden Figures focuses on people, not numbers or policies or platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 5, 2017
Melfi tends to paint too much in the broad, amiable strokes of a triumph-of-the-week TV movie. But even his earthbound execution can't dim the sheer magnetic pull of an extraordinary story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 5, 2017
"Hidden Figures" is a feel-good film of incalculable charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2017
Executed with love and peopled with actors who breathe life into their characters ... "Hidden Figures" is precisely the delight it aims to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2017
The film's made with more heart than art and more skill than subtlety, and it works primarily because of the women that it portrays and the actresses who portray them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2016
This untold story of African-American females who helped NASA conquer the cosmos features three incredible performances. Corny at times, sure, but you'll still want to stand up and cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2016
Junior high and high school classes across the country should take field trips to see this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2016
Hidden Figures provides an example of determination and talent triumphing over an unfair and repressive system - something that ... has relevance beyond the decade or the century in which it transpires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2016
For all that it tells a highly unusual story, Hidden Figures is a classic Hollywood feel-good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2016
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle MonŠe serve both history and the demands of popular entertainment with serious performances that also have a good sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2016
A distaff counterpart to The Right Stuff, this exuberant, inspiring drama tells the fact-based story of three black women who strove for upward mobility -- both professional and atmospheric.
Top Critic
December 22, 2016
In broad but mostly satisfying terms, Hidden Figures celebrates the few African-American women who broke out of the West Area Computers building because their talent was no longer worth suppressing.
December 22, 2016
Adding social issues to its many inspirational themes, Hidden Figures equals one satisfying slice of history that'll entertain adults as well as kids looking to the stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2016
Like the calculating women whose lives it celebrates, "Hidden Figures" knows what it's doing.
December 22, 2016
There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff.
December 22, 2016
This movie adroitly portrays the sheer waste and inefficiency of racism and misogyny. Just think how much has been lost, the movie suggests, over centuries of depriving ourselves of the brains, talents and leadership of more than half our population?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 22, 2016
"Hidden Figures" is a fairly entertaining gloss of a docudrama elevated by its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2016
"Hidden Figures" may be a thoroughly upbeat, entertaining movie, but it's too smart to sugarcoat the truth about race relations in America - past or present.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2016
The miracle lies in how the film gently touches on some of the most intractable social problems addressed by the civil rights movement, while maintaining an infectiously buoyant vibe - not to mention a bouncy soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2016
I expect that anyone can find inspiration in the script's attention to the small, concrete steps real people make to create change.
December 20, 2016
The film aims for the stars but might have gone stratospheric if it cooled its jets ever so slightly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2016
"Hidden Figures" provides a fresh angle on how demeaning, demoralizing and crazy it was to live in an era of officially sanctioned white supremacy, one that people had grown used to pretending was perfectly normal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2016
Theodore Melfi has a light touch not often found in dramas like this, which makes the material all the more effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2016
Henson, Spencer and Monae all excel, conveying the intensity and worthiness of these women's ambitions, even as they deal, almost in a matter of fact way, with obstacles that are maddening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2016
For all of its current touchstones, Hidden Figures feels far too late, both in the recognition these women deserve and the filmmakers' goodhearted but dull approach to their stories.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 19, 2016
A crucial episode of the nineteen-sixties, centered on both the space race and the civil-rights struggle, comes to light in this energetic and impassioned drama.
December 11, 2016
"Hidden Figures" is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts - though ongoing racial tensions and gender double-standards suggest that perhaps we haven't come such a long way, baby.
December 11, 2016
Feel-good history, but it works, and it works on behalf of heroes from a cinematically under-served community. These smart, accomplished women had the right stuff, and so does this movie.