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Mercury 13 (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Mercury 13 offers yet another sobering example of how institutionalized sexism has thwarted countless dreams -- and held nations back from their full potential.

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Mercury 13 is a remarkable story of the women who were tested for spaceflight in 1961 before their dreams were dashed in being the first to make the trip beyond Earth. NASA's 'man in space' program, dubbed 'Project Mercury' began in 1958. The men chosen - all military test pilots - became known as The Mercury 7. But away from the glare of the media, behind firmly closed doors, female pilots were also screened. Thirteen of them passed and, in some cases, performed better than the men. They were called the Mercury 13 and had the 'right stuff' but were, unfortunately, the wrong gender. Underneath the obsession of the space race that gripped America, the women were aviation pioneers who emerged thirsty for a new frontier, but whose time would have to wait. The film tells the definitive story of thirteen truly remarkable women who reached for the stars but were ahead of their time. A Netflix original documentary directed by David Sington (The Fear of 13) and Heather Walsh.

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This is the sort of film that begins modestly-seemingly only a piece of curious history-and grows steadily deeper as it moves to its climax, and that climax is a powerful one.

April 20, 2018 | Full Review…

At a brisk and efficient 78-minutes, Mercury 13 is engaging, yet sadness and anger seeps in as it progresses.

April 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A soaring tribute to some aviation pioneers.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

An engaging blend of modern-day interviews and archival footage, Mercury 13 complicates the traditional narrative of triumph surrounding the Mercury missions of the '60s and their culmination with the moon landing.

April 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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While parts of the documentary are dull, it's enlivened by some breathtaking aerial photography and Philip Sheppard's electronic & string-heavy score.

July 2, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Mercury 13 is brief at only 80 minutes, which only underlines its unassuming and modest ambitions.

June 20, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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