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Sputnik Mania Reviews

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Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 18, 2008
The sharply edited film, which includes (happily) just a few talking heads but mostly exciting archival celluloid and campy stock is a love letter to Ike Eisenhower.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tenley Woodman
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 20, 2008
Director David Hoffman marshals his information into an absorbing story, adroitly narrated by Liev Schreiber, that captures the fears and the hopes of the dawn of the Space Age.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 19, 2008
The enlightening Sputnik Mania looks at the late '50s, a time that was dominated by Cold War hysteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 18, 2008
[A] smart, wry look at the American enthusiasm for and then paranoia over the first manmade satellite to orbit Earth... [R]ings with a truth that still holds...
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 13, 2008
Sputnik Mania plays, discreetly, like a negative love story between superpowers. Sure they moved on to other enemies, but they still haven't gotten over each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 28, 2008
The reigning champion in the archival footage department features great Soviet footage of those days that (hopefully) will never be seen again---the days of the US-Soviet space race.
| Original Score: 7/10
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 17, 2008
Clear, comprehensible, polished and articulate, but lacking the gut-punch to raise this portrait of a world-changing event from the level of a museum piece.
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
March 17, 2008
something unlike anything out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
March 14, 2008
Avoids reveling in Cold War kitsch in favor of a serious look one of the most important -- and frightening -- moments in human history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 14, 2008
For those too young to remember, Sputnik Mania documents the fear and anxiety that gripped the United States half a century ago when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite in October 1957.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 14, 2008
The archival footage here is great, and the cosmos-conquering craziness will satisfy space-race nuts. But the small budget is obvious, so director David Hoffman couldn't go from the Earth to the moon on every detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
March 14, 2008
David Hoffman's documentary Sputnik Mania is an account of that Soviet satellite's effect on the American consciousness.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2008
Clips from old television broadcasts make this space documentary entertaining.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 13, 2008
reminds us that there was a time in the past when world leaders had morality and values
| Original Score: 4/5
Raphaela Weissman
New York Press
March 12, 2008
Sputnik Mania is not riveting; but it is, first and last, informative.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 8, 2008
Refreshingly, 'Sputnik Mania' stands back and allows its tale to be told in memorable actuality footage backed with unobtrusive period music.
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
March 7, 2008
...when it plays to our sense of selective memory and fills in the blanks on issues long forgotten, Sputnik Mania is masterful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 4, 2008
Filled with funny moments ... it perfectly and even-handedly captures the spirit of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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