October Sky - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

October Sky Reviews

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August 29, 2015
...compulsively watchable...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2011
uplifting family film with great values
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 26, 2010
Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 7, 2006
...plays like a TV movie made for everyone who subscribes to Reader's Digest. Still, its manipulations are sincere rather than cynical...
January 26, 2006
The TV movie subject matter is infused with genuine feeling for the value of learning as a passport to freedom, and an authentic regard for the honest graft of working men.
April 9, 2005
Director Joe Johnston has crafted a feel good film that doesn't pander to cheap emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 29, 2005
October Sky is a movie you want to believe in.
Read More | Original Score: A-
September 23, 2003
Any film that celebrates a teenager's ability to think instead of throw a ball ought to be cheered.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2003
Though shot in Tennessee, Johnston's October Sky successfully evokes the stifling atmosphere of a blackened 1950s town in the southern West Virginia mountains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2002
Retreads the soggy ground staked out by Field of Dreams, with sentimental tears and group hugs as the answer to conflicting ideological standpoints.
October 15, 2002
An enthralling and warm-hearted story about four high school students who taught themselves to build and fly real rockets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2002
A sweet yet sincere coming-of-age story about fathers and sons, communities pulling together and, above all, heroes.
March 24, 2002
This small, well-crafted coming-of-age docudrama is a real-life Revenge of the Nerds by way of Stand By Me.
February 28, 2002
It will lift your spirit and make you feel good about all those who pursue their dreams in the face of large obstacles.
October 25, 2001
...so full of spirit and letter-perfect filmmaking that I defy anyone to watch this movie without getting a tingle in his or her heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 12, 2001
The 'follow your dream' theme works, even though the son versus father sub-plot struggles at times.
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February 27, 2001
October Sky doesn't seem like much on paper, but it is an entertaining, smart movie that is calculated to satisfy the all-American notion that anyone can do anything as long as he tries hard enough and never stops believing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2001
It is about four kids who build rockets, but it is a lot more than that. It is about having the guts to go for your dreams and not worrying about what other people think.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 1, 2000
As adapted by Lewis Colick, the screenplay shifts busily among the boys' rocket exploits, Homer's family, conditions at the mine and the influence of a dedicated science teacher, but each of these subplots plays out in familiar ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
October Sky is inspirational, and it is triumphant; it's also smart, well-written, and well-acted!
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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