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October Sky Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Another Universal Pictures paint-by-numbers feel-gooder!
January 1, 2000
The movie is an oddity. Like the seed of a plant born in the drought of summer, it tries to grow on you, and fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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
Read it as sublimated or expressionist, the movie is all about boys and their toys.
January 1, 2000
There's hope, heroism, and Dern as a dying schoolmarm, but October Sky falls flat due to its all-too-obvious third act and the vague fact that, really, not that much happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Plays like something spewed out by a top-drawer screenwriting program!
Read More | Original Score: 7/10
June 5, 2002
A sweet yet sincere coming-of-age story about fathers and sons, communities pulling together and, above all, heroes.
January 29, 2005
October Sky is a movie you want to believe in.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
This movie has deep values.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Believable, subtle, and consistently intelligent!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 26, 2010
Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
January 1, 2000
October Sky is a powerful look at a young man's drives to become a scientist. It is also a moving portrait of a father-son relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4
January 1, 2000
Secretly, this is a movie about overcoming adversity and fatherly love, and the sentiment is heaped on so high you can't help but shed a tear.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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
January 1, 2000
October Sky is a bit schmaltzy and predictable. But that shouldn't keep anyone from enjoying this true-life saga of a boy whose dreams could not be confined by either gravity or convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
I love movies at the end of which, as the credits roll and the lights come up, I'm sobbing my eyes out and smiling and declaring, "That was a great movie!" all at the same time. I needed two hankies at the end of October Sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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