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The Midnight Sky lacks the dramatic heft to match its narrative scale, but its flaws are often balanced by thoughtful themes and a poignant performance from director-star George Clooney. Read critic reviews

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A lone scientist in the Arctic races to contact a crew of astronauts returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

Cast & Crew

Ethan Peck
Younger Augustine
Miriam Shor
Mitchell's Wife
Tim Russ
Mason Mosley
Edan Hayhurst
Mitchell Son 1
Mark L. Smith
Screenwriter
Barbara A. Hall
Executive Producer
Todd Shuster
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Greg Baxter
Executive Producer
Martin Ruhe
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Alexandre Desplat
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Jim Bissell
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Tim Browning
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Maudie Andrews
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Jenny Eagan
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Critic Reviews for The Midnight Sky

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  • The Midnight Sky shines with Clooney's deep and abiding belief in the human condition, in compassion, in ... "redemption" is the wrong word, too Catholic. Rather, in connection, even if it is brief, even if it is seemingly one-sided.

    January 12, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The two-hour running time seems like two years as it drags on indefinitely.

    January 5, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • This is an odd movie overall. The pacing is slow - in the space sequences I started wishing for Darth Vader to turn up - and the music, by dual Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, is overbearing.

    December 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Midnight Sky is a good example of a movie that sells itself short by trying to be one thing -- serious, heavy, emotional -- when, by all available indicators, it should be more of a thriller, or more ridiculous, or at the very least more fun.

    December 28, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A beyond-bleak post-apocalyptic thriller, the sci-fi film reaches a reasonably satisfying finish, but follows an uneven orbit in getting there.

    December 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • George Clooney stars in this space parable that starts out well, then goes adrift. I felt like I'd seen it before, such is the familiarity of its plot points and its most ambitious action scenes

    December 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Midnight Sky

  • Feb 23, 2021
    A solemn, poignant watch with whispers of hope. Midnight Sky unveils a massive premise with a much smaller human story. Clooney directs and stars in this carefully crafted piece of filmmaking full of subtlety that's unfortunately, not seen as much in new media.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2021
    =Spoilers= A movie ruined by virtually any description of the plot, the ending ignores the elephant in the room that it takes about 10 000 people to posses a large enough gene-pool to continue the human race. An incredibly depressing movie that can't seem to decide if some characters are real or imaginary but walks the vague line between. It's an interesting effort to not explain things, but it felt more like there weren't any good answers to the unexplained elements. The acting was phenomenal but the truly dark tone of the movie is never actually addressed by the movie. Two characters essentially suicide on a hopeless endeavor when they could have helped the remaining survivors and spent their lives preserving what they could of the human race.
    Mark C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2021
    The Midnight Sky is one of those high concept ideas that never reaches its potential. I had been intrigued to see what George Clooney could accomplish with a high budget and a streaming platform not known for strong arming filmmakers on final cut. The end product is mixed and the overall tone is all over the place. The film feels safe and it never allows the supporting cast the opportunity to shine. I found the film to be too short. The overall idea was interesting and the Clooney character moments are what keeps this film together. I had heard of the mixed reception prior to watching and it wasn't until the middle I found the film started to sink underneath its on weight. There was an opportunity for Clooney to really land a sci fi concept with little restraint but this sadly falls into the very common pile of Netflix films that don't work. 04/01/2021
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2020
    I love a good apocalyptic thriller but this was a complete yawner. Literally nothing happens on a frozen/torched earth (we never really know what caused the apocalypse) or on the space mission to find a habitable moon/planet. A mute girl shows up "suspiciously" to give Clooney something to worry about, and the usual tropes of traveling in space are the main source of drama there. (The reveal on that girl in the end I had pegged immediately and I'm really not that clever.) Clooney plays against type as a soft spoken engineer sporting a full-on Santa beard wth a buzz cut. Felicity Jones is a pregnant astronaut with nothing much to do except worry a lot. The most interesting scene was a dream where she's on a potential habitable moon of Jupiter and the ship leaves without her. Now that would've made for an interesting flick, except it was already done with <i>The Martian</i>.
    Mark B Super Reviewer

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