A Sidewalk Astronomer Image
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Awaiting 2 more ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: A fascinating and illuminating journey through the cosmos featuring the cantankerous and brilliant astronomer John Dobson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 75
    As we learn, delightfully so, in Jeffrey Fox Jacobs' documentary A Sidewalk Astronomer, the Peking-born Dobson promotes the building and use of small, inexpensive telescopes to study the wonders of the sky.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    Entertaining, painlessly educational documentary.
  3. An inspiring film about an inspired teacher. It should leave all viewers with an ounce of curiosity eager to hit the streets with Dobsonian telescopes of their own.
  4. 60
    An unenlightening recitation of lay science and salad bar spirituality that could only resonate with those audiences who last year actually flocked to a movie called "What the Bleep Do We Know!?"
  5. 60
    An amateur in the best sense of the word, Dobson is an engaging ambassador for a life of the mind lived firmly in the real world.
  6. 60
    Jacobs focuses almost exclusively on Dobson's theories and mission, which he illustrates by contrasting jaw-dropping images of the sun's surface with people ignoring Dobson's entreaties to "Come look at the sun."
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    25
    An entirely unconventional, hypnotic, meandering film.

See all 9 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2