The Aeronauts Reviews

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December 6, 2019
It's visually impressive, but floating under the surface is a story thin on substance and historical accuracy.
December 6, 2019
Settles for high adventure rather than accurate history, and if you can accept the pumped-up heroics, it plays fine as a family-friendly escapade.
December 6, 2019
THE AERONAUTS is an ambitious film, and as I watched this story unfold, I thought of the valiant camera crew who was filming at such high altitudes --- while inside a helicopter.
December 6, 2019
With a little flare borrowed from Jules Verne, we get a story of two mid-19th century explorers who attempt to travel by balloon higher above the Earth than any humans had ever been to that point.
December 6, 2019
Perhaps it's fitting that a movie entitled The Aeronauts should only work when airborne, but we the audience don't have the option of only watching the good part.
December 6, 2019
That's not hot air filling The Aeronauts for 100 lugubrious minutes, it's just gassy.
December 6, 2019
As the balloon rises, the film does too. Not because it achieves the kind of splendor it seems to seeking, exactly, but because it grows simpler and even sillier.
Top Critic
December 6, 2019
I won't make great claims for "The Aeronauts" as a drama about a pioneering meteorologist, but as a thrill ride, it's certainly effective...
December 6, 2019
As a free-floating celebration of human aspiration, The Aeronauts is a life-affirming journey to understand and appreciate the world we live in. And that's not just hot air.
December 6, 2019
This is a movie about breaking through invisible glass ceilings, headed by a go-getting young woman following her own pursuits, in a crowd-pleasing yarn headed by a role model for children to look up to.
December 6, 2019
A rousing good time at the movies for the entire family.
December 6, 2019
It's an entertaining film but virtually everything in it is pure fiction except the fact that a man named James Glashier did make a record-making balloon ascent.
December 6, 2019
When they are in the air, it is gorgeous, exciting, and great fun.
December 6, 2019
Of course, it's frigid up there, but Amelia and James make do without gloves, hats, or auxiliary oxygen. I didn't believe the goings-on for a second.
December 6, 2019
Breathless adventure and fully committed performances from Redmayne and Jones as Victorian-era balloonists can't compensate for the fictions that fill this fact-based story with hot air.
December 6, 2019
The balloon goes up, but the drama does not fly.
December 6, 2019
There's a terrific 50-minute fan edit somewhere in The Aeronauts, but as far as the theatrical experience goes, half of it is more than worth your time, if you're willing to tolerate the other half.
December 6, 2019
A heavier-than-air adventure, set in Victorian England, that seldom rises above the level of elegant hokum.
December 5, 2019
It's both a suspense film and an adventure film that took real 19th-century achievement as a starting point and grafted 21st-century gender reckonings and aspirations to the top of it.
December 5, 2019
There isn't much else to say about the Aeronauts. One might summarize this way: Balloon footage (good); the rest (meh).
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