Lucy in the Sky Reviews

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October 11, 2019
[M]uch of "Lucy in the Sky," it doesn't connect down here on Earth and is caught somewhere in the cosmos.
October 11, 2019
It's contemplative and meditative, sure, but it doesn't wind up saying anything.
October 9, 2019
It's a deep-thinking character study that's provocatively if imperfectly presented - at least until the story devolves right along with its subject's state of mind.
October 9, 2019
"Lucy" should soar, but instead, it flatlines.
October 5, 2019
Unintentionally funny and then just plain sad, Lucy in the Sky is one of the most disappointing films of 2019.
October 4, 2019
In its ambitions, "Lucy in the Sky" seems at first glance to be a female answer to "Ad Astra," but it steadily devolves into something worthy of the Lifetime channel.
October 4, 2019
A sensitive, artful and rather odd retelling of a well-known news story.
October 4, 2019
"Lucy in the Sky" has the style of a biopic, but we know it's not, so at times it's hard to know what we're watching and why.
October 3, 2019
Sometimes we look on confused and shaking our head, but more often we stare with glassy-eyed wonder at a world-and a movie-that is teeming with all sorts of messy life.
October 3, 2019
Unfortunately, it's an anticlimactic conclusion at best, full of tacked-on thriller shenanigans that, once they've petered out, make you wonder exactly why this story drew the filmmakers' attention to begin with.
October 3, 2019
It's a dispiriting mess and waste of talent, sunk by a lack of focus, misguided choices and insistently unproductive, at times incoherent clashing tones.
October 3, 2019
There are moments of intense beauty in "Lucy in the Sky," mostly when Hawley zooms in on his star's evocative face. But Portman alone can't save this muddled endeavor.
October 3, 2019
Co-screenwriters Hawley, Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi offensively pin Lucy's breakdown and consequent ill-fated road trip on NASA's ingrained sexism, bypassing an empathetic assessment of her unraveling cognitive state.
October 3, 2019
"Lucy" comes from such an oddball scandal, yet it rockets past the inherent weirdness at its core and settles for banality.
October 2, 2019
Lucy in the Sky has plenty of arresting cosmic visuals, and on the other hand tries to portray a human drama about an overachiever pushed to her breaking point. But those two halves never cohere into a whole.
October 2, 2019
Though Portman impressively commits, the performance is ultimately empty, because Lucy's distress is explained only in vague conversations with Mark that further reduce her feelings, everything from love to anger, as "not real."
October 2, 2019
But even in her lowest moments, in the craziest scenarios, Hawley and Portman never deny Lucy's power, making room for a small sense of anarchic triumph to break through, with a wink and a wisecrack and a will of iron.
October 2, 2019
Trying for humane drama but landing somewhere nearer basic-cable shtick, it asks a bowl-cutted Portman to deliver accusatory lines like, "I read your emails while you were in space!" with a straight face.
September 19, 2019
There's a point at which this joke stops being funny and turns sad, and it's very early in its over two hours runtime.
Top Critic
September 14, 2019
You're left wondering why anyone would make the astronaut-in-a-diaper movie if they didn't want to make an astronaut-in-a-diaper movie.
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