Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: December 25, 2016
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cyndieJan 17, 2017
Boring. Spancer is very BAD. The actress never appears to fully connect with the character, delivering a series of doleful little-girl-lost poses — and, later, pantomimed iron-jawed determination.
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moviemitch96Jan 7, 2017
First thing's first, it's an uplifting and inspiring story, but nonetheless, it's also a very formulaic, by-the-numbers crowd pleaser as well. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae all give fine performances as the titularFirst thing's first, it's an uplifting and inspiring story, but nonetheless, it's also a very formulaic, by-the-numbers crowd pleaser as well. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae all give fine performances as the titular characters, as do Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons, etc in supporting roles, but they simply can't help the film feel like nothing more than a predictable narrative and formula we've seen too many times before. I also honestly found the overall film, the score/music choice in particular very corny. Overall, it's definitely a feel-good film with an inspiring true story with some dedicated performances from great actors and actresses, but don't go in expecting anything extraordinary in terms of the inspiring true story subgenre. Expand
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LeeohthescorpioDec 25, 2016
Excellent film with stellar performances from Costner, Spencer and Monae. Taraji P. Henson, however, delivers her finest cinematic work yet! Best movie of the year by far!
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milkandcookies2Jan 7, 2017
Such a great movie! It is such an incredible story that most of us had no idea about. It was inspirational, funny, and all around a must see movie for this year.
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Brent_MarchantJan 1, 2017
A flat-out winner and incredible crowd-pleaser that fires on virtually every cylinder. With the possible exception of the need for a better-developed back story, this inspiring, thoughtful and humorous historical drama hits all the rightA flat-out winner and incredible crowd-pleaser that fires on virtually every cylinder. With the possible exception of the need for a better-developed back story, this inspiring, thoughtful and humorous historical drama hits all the right notes and does so without going over the top, becoming preachy or lapsing into heavy-duty schmaltz. The picture's incisive script and superb ensemble cast performances make this one to see. Expand
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tropicAcesJan 6, 2017
It's innocent by-the-numbers stuff with charming performances from a stellar cast. If that's all you go in wanting, then you'll get everything you want. Anyone who wants something risky or new best look elsewhere.
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Rebecca31Jan 9, 2017
Based on true events because that's always a real crowd pleaser these days and this is no exception. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe who are owning every scene. Also starring an agitated Kevin Costner who spends aBased on true events because that's always a real crowd pleaser these days and this is no exception. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe who are owning every scene. Also starring an agitated Kevin Costner who spends a good portion of the movie standing around chewing gum. But who cares about him, this movie is all about the women and the incredible work they did for NASA. The movie reels you in from the moment it starts, doesn't go over the top and keeps you invested in this extraordinary story. It's inspiring, it's funny and you'll definitely enjoy it. Recommended. Expand
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JorgeLestreJan 12, 2017
It's absolutely charming. A movie that shows how deeply dependent we are with our past, because it unfortunately still makes sense in the present and who knows... the future.
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SawitRevieweditJan 15, 2017
Awesome. This is a fun, interesting and enjoyable movie to watch. Bring a friend, grab a bucket of popcorn and put your smile on. You will have fun and it is money well spent!
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SpangleJan 10, 2017
Lord, let us give thanks for the miracle you have given us in your infinite wisdom, generosity, and mercy. Lord, thank you for blessing the world with Janelle Monae and her wide range of talents. For convincing her to act and pursue a careerLord, let us give thanks for the miracle you have given us in your infinite wisdom, generosity, and mercy. Lord, thank you for blessing the world with Janelle Monae and her wide range of talents. For convincing her to act and pursue a career in Hollywood, we are unworthy of your bounty Lord, for we are but simple sinners, doomed to be imperfect. Yet, you have graced us with the sole being of perfection among us and for that, we are eternally grateful. Amen.

Aside from Monae though, Hidden Figures is a pretty simple story. Telling the real life story of the black women who helped to put a man in orbit and land on the moon, it is an inspirational feel good story that is by-the-numbers. Shoving the story of these women into the feel good biopic cliches, Hidden Figures loses some of its impact as a result. Fortunately, feel good movies are always going to leave you with a goofy smile on your face after watching it and Hidden Figures fits the bill there. That said, do not expect it to be different from any other inspirational biopic you have ever seen.

Blending in some light comedy to brighten the racial tensions of the story, the film actually does a solid job showing the racism the girls face working for NASA. The film really defines the racism in looks with the girls being stared down upon entering any room. Co-workers assume they cannot handle the work, only to be shown that they can. Yet, first impressions often define treatment and the women of Hidden Figures are never treated perfectly by co-workers. That said, as a PG-rated move, there are n-bombs here, which leaves the film to resort to subtle racism. Honestly, this works better for a film of this type as, by 1961, the tides were turning enough to force people to not be so overt and brash with their racism in the workplace. Hidden Figures really captures this with things still labeled as being for "coloreds" or the girls being excluded even when they should be filled in on the information. The film takes the same approach to sexism with people expressing obvious sexist thoughts that they are taken aback to learn are sexist. Towards the end of the film, Vivian Mitchell (Kirsten Dunst) tells Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) that she is not racist to which Dorothy tells her that she believes she thinks that is true about her, highlighting the subtly of the film with racism and sexist thoughts. The film clearly tries to bring them to the surface and does, but the racist and sexist actions of characters in the film are often done simply because it was the way things were and colored people or women doing these things was completely unprecedented.

However, while the film largely handles the racism elements over it, it cannot help but burst into bombastic monologues about the ills of racism and the importance of overcoming it. These monologues are largely done by Katharine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Al Harrison (Kevin Costner). The director of the Space Task Group, Harrison lets the racism occur until Katharine informs him about it, at which point he puts an end to it. Clearly seen as a white savior of sorts for Katharine in particular, Harrison repeatedly makes large displays of inclusion, yet still excludes Katharine and kicks her out at the request of his superiors, in spite of her talents. He makes the most attempts of anybody to include her, but clearly does so begrudgingly. This does not stop the film, however, from using his character as a white savior to lend a helping hand to the disenfranchised among us. Returning to the original purpose of this paragraph, the film may do a good job at crafting the air of racism and sexism around of every turn. However, it lacks the subtly in its dialogue given to its black characters to really pull it off. As a result, the film plays out with Katharine just telling people off left and right. While she is correct and free to express her thoughts, it feels to in your face and overt. Maybe she was like, I do not know, but as a film, there are ways to show her fight back and prove them wrong without having to jump up in their face to do so.

Of course, these emotional monologues only further serve to make the film feel conventional. What good is a feel good and inspirational film without moving speeches by the oppressed? Regardless of whether the real women were like this, the characters in the film are pigeon holed into a palatable package that will not offend white people like slave dramas often do. Instead, these stock characters allow white audiences to largely look past their race and have a good time anyways, even if all the white characters are portrayed as the evildoers they potentially were to some degree. That said, the rise, the breakthrough, the challenge at the end, the fall, and then the final ascension to praise, are all tried and true inspirational feel good biopic cliches. Director Theodore Melfi ensures that this film hits each beat on the nose.
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dammanJan 3, 2017
I loved this movie it was spot on with the rich history of 3 plus more brave women of color. Just go see the movie I really don't come one metacritic to give reviews but I decided this movie should get more credit than it deserves it wasI loved this movie it was spot on with the rich history of 3 plus more brave women of color. Just go see the movie I really don't come one metacritic to give reviews but I decided this movie should get more credit than it deserves it was really good and RIP to Glean Armstrong, I didn't know that he trusted these brave women of color to get him into space and land with their math calculations which helped in getting NASA into the next century. Please give this moive and Oscar and Golden Glob. It's a must see for everyone. I took notes during the movie. Also Ms. Johnson has a building named after her that's rare for a woman of color even her friends ran the IBM department and help develop the heat shield to protect the astronauts coming back from orbit. 10/10 for me Expand
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barbidoll31Jan 10, 2017
This is a story worth telling and worth knowing. At a time when mean-spirited hatred and bigotry are in danger of being normalized again, I hope every person in the U.S. sees this movie as a reminder that government, "the establishment," andThis is a story worth telling and worth knowing. At a time when mean-spirited hatred and bigotry are in danger of being normalized again, I hope every person in the U.S. sees this movie as a reminder that government, "the establishment," and conservative white males don't have all the answers. Never have. Never will. Every person needs and deserves to be honored and included. Expand
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oensmithJan 11, 2017
正直がっかりです。「ファウルの達人」が侍ジャパンに加わる。日本ハム中島卓也内野手(26)が、3月に行われるワールド・ベースボール・クラシック(WBC)代表入りが濃厚なことが11日、分かった。際どいボールをカットして相手に数多く投げさせる打撃スタイルは、球数制限のある国際試合でこそ真価を発揮する。タイトルホルダーを中心に総合力の高い野手が多く選ばれている中で、独特の技術に白羽の矢が立った。(正直がっかりです。「ファウルの達人」が侍ジャパンに加わる。日本ハム中島卓也内野手(26)が、3月に行われるワールド・ベースボール・クラシック(WBC)代表入りが濃厚なことが11日、分かった。際どいボールをカットして相手に数多く投げさせる打撃スタイルは、球数制限のある国際試合でこそ真価を発揮する。タイトルホルダーを中心に総合力の高い野手が多く選ばれている中で、独特の技術に白羽の矢が立った。(
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BHBarryJan 15, 2017
“Hidden Figures” stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monde portraying three African American ladies of unusual skills and talent who became indispensable computer-members of the team that helped bring our country into the“Hidden Figures” stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monde portraying three African American ladies of unusual skills and talent who became indispensable computer-members of the team that helped bring our country into the space age and, in particular, the safe orbit and return of Astronaut John Glenn. Also starring Kevin Costner, the film is based on the book by Margo Lee Shetterly with a noteworthy screenplay co-written by director Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder. This movie describes the abuses and mental hardships that these ladies had to undergo, endure and ultimately overcome while tending to the task of aiding their country in its time of need. Set in the early 1960’s against the background of Reverend King and the others who were fighting for civil rights, the film brings home the plight of this victimized minority when even using a coffeemaker or restroom in the NASA compound became an issue. Yet, throughout all of these indignities and humiliations, these women persevered and performed above and beyond all expectations even surpassing at times the supposedly talented white engineers and the newly introduced IBM computer that NASA was so heavily relying upon. Perhaps the view of two elderly African American ladies with their young granddaughters sitting in the row in front of me in the theater made me realize how significant and important this film is because it showed us all, including those little girls seated in front of me, how tenacity, talent and dignity can conquer adversity and help those with such qualities achieve the accolades and acknowledgments properly due them. When one sees a film about the Holocaust, the question often arises as to how many great minds were lost in this mass horror. This film, in its own way, likewise poses the question as to how many great minds were lost or forsaken in the name of prejudice and hate. I recommend this film to persons of every color and gender because it is inspiring and informative and well deserving of an 8.0 rating. Expand
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TVJerryJan 12, 2017
In the early days of NASA, black women were employed as "computers" to help calculate the complicated math involved in space flight. This film tells the amazing story of 3 of these exceptional women (played by Octavia Spencer, Taraji P.In the early days of NASA, black women were employed as "computers" to help calculate the complicated math involved in space flight. This film tells the amazing story of 3 of these exceptional women (played by Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe). The spunky script peppers the continuous indignities and inequities that are heaped upon them with humor that adds warmth and humanity. Their performances are all winning. This film is fascinating in its exploration the early history of our space program, but it also delves into the discrimination against these women in an easy to swallow, entertaining package. A few snappy songs by Pherrell Williams adds even more verve. Expand
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emkadvJan 19, 2017
This is a wonderful movie. It tells a fascinating story and tells it well. These three women rise above the racial and gender discrimination of the time to do a service to their country and its manned space program. The performances areThis is a wonderful movie. It tells a fascinating story and tells it well. These three women rise above the racial and gender discrimination of the time to do a service to their country and its manned space program. The performances are uniformly excellent and make the characters seem like real people, not symbols.

I am old enough to remember how the Shepard and Glenn Mercury flights ended, but I still felt a sense of tension around their depiction.
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GreatMartinJan 13, 2017
When you watch a movie based on true events that you watched when it was happening and know the ending it takes a good director, Theodore Melfi, good screenwriters, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, to get you caught up in the eventsWhen you watch a movie based on true events that you watched when it was happening and know the ending it takes a good director, Theodore Melfi, good screenwriters, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, to get you caught up in the events being shown on the screen and "Hidden Figures" is such a movie.

There is also another part to the film that has a tag line "the untold true story" and that is a story most people, Black and White, don't know about. The film takes place in months leading up to John Glenn (played by Glen Powell) who figures importantly in this film aside from being an astronaut and racism is still ingrained in the American consciousness. The latter is shown in small and large ways, each effective, whether it is a woman having to run a half a mile to go to the 'colored women's bathroom" even though she is capable and does help NASA solve many problems to get men in orbit around the world and get them back safely.

Taraji P. Henson is real life Katherine Goble Johnson, a mathematical genius, who knows 'her place' and is insulted not only by words but by actions. She is only one woman of two in an office of a dozen men and she is Black having to put up with some indignities to do a job she loves, wants to keep, but when she reaches a point that she has had enough she is not afraid to open her mouth.

The other woman in the office, the group's executive assistant played by Kimberly is not welcoming and the head engineer, played by Jim Parsons, first has no respect for Katherine and then disdain only to question the knowledge she gives that is more accurate than his. The only one who doesn't care about her sex or color but her much needed knowledge is her boss Al Harrison, played believably by Kevin Costner.

There are other people in Katherine's life aside from her 3 children whose husband/father is dead, her mother and, about half way through, a very romantic army officer Mahershala Ali but two others, her best friends, also faces racism because of being Black, though very smart accomplished women. Dorothy Vaughan, played by a strong Octavia Spencer, is in charge of the West Computing Group, as they are referred to, made up of Black women which segregates them from the White women in the East Computing Group. She does the work and puts in the time that a supervisor does but she isn't given the title and certainly not the pay. She delivers a put down with a smile that hides her pain but tells the truth.

The third woman is Mary Jackson, played by a saucy, smart Janelle Monae, who wants to be an engineer but, due to Virginia laws, is not allowed to attend the classes she needs to get the degree. (Ah Virginia, the State that is also the basis for the movie "Loving" and tells another true story about that State's laws.) She has a husband, played by Aldis Hodge, who hesitates in backing her but has a Polish-Jewish refugee, played by Olek Krupa, from the concentration camps, who is all for her going for her dream.

Based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly one doesn't know how much of the script by Schroeder and Melfi was "Hollywoodized" but a lot of it rings true and the production designs by Wynn Thomas and the costumes designed by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus certainly reflect the era.

The acting by all is first rate but Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae give powerful performances showing how strong and accomplished Katherine, Dorothy and Mary were, the indignities they suffered and how just by being themselves they are role models for all of us.

"Hidden Figures" has two story lines intertwined and as exciting as the race to the moon became the true story of what these three smart women had to go through because of their color was more interesting as the former was familiar to me while the latter was a learning experience about these women I knew nothing about and everyone should.
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Ricochet84Jan 15, 2017
If you like movies that are based on facts, historical events and figures, then you will like this as I did. I gave it a resounding 10 because it did well in reenacting the vital contributions made by 3 female Mathematicians towards the "RaceIf you like movies that are based on facts, historical events and figures, then you will like this as I did. I gave it a resounding 10 because it did well in reenacting the vital contributions made by 3 female Mathematicians towards the "Race to Space" time period. It also did well in demonstrating the institutional racism the mathematicians faced as employees of a federal agency in a newly segregated era. There were times I laughed, and cried-sometimes at the same time. Great writing, great acting, great movie. Expand
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marcmyworksJan 17, 2017
Hidden figures is truly an inspiring and eye opening film. Not only did these women really exist, they did remarkable things in a time where the World would not recognize their contribution. Despite some very typical movie tropes this film isHidden figures is truly an inspiring and eye opening film. Not only did these women really exist, they did remarkable things in a time where the World would not recognize their contribution. Despite some very typical movie tropes this film is well made and well deserving of the critical praise it is receiving. Expand
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BeeceeJan 10, 2017
This is a very enjoyable film about three talented and heroic black women in mathematics who were instrumental in the space program. It is well written, the music by Pharrell Williams is effective and fits the period, and the plot movesThis is a very enjoyable film about three talented and heroic black women in mathematics who were instrumental in the space program. It is well written, the music by Pharrell Williams is effective and fits the period, and the plot moves forward at a brisk pace. The acting is also very good, particularly Octavia Spencer's turn as an underpaid supervisor. If this influences more young black women into going into the sciences, so much the better. There's nothing wrong with a crowd pleaser. Expand
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Mary805Jan 17, 2017
I loved this movie. It combines the NASA space program, something for the United States to be so proud of, with the Civil Rights Movement, one of the darkest times in US history. The story is beautifully told and the three women who star inI loved this movie. It combines the NASA space program, something for the United States to be so proud of, with the Civil Rights Movement, one of the darkest times in US history. The story is beautifully told and the three women who star in the movie were brilliant. Expand
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ThomasCraddenJan 9, 2017
I really enjoyed this film and although I never heard of the story, I found it to be very interesting. The three leading women do a great job in their roles, particularly Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Costner gives us a subtly brilliant,I really enjoyed this film and although I never heard of the story, I found it to be very interesting. The three leading women do a great job in their roles, particularly Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Costner gives us a subtly brilliant, awards-worthy performance. It's a must-see film Expand
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AcaciaJan 10, 2017
This is such an enjoyable movie. The three actresses who play the NASA geniuses are excellent. Each one of them is fighting a personal battle in a timeframe jjst a couple of hears before the Civil Rights Act was passed. As African AmericanThis is such an enjoyable movie. The three actresses who play the NASA geniuses are excellent. Each one of them is fighting a personal battle in a timeframe jjst a couple of hears before the Civil Rights Act was passed. As African American women, they are held back in many different ways. One woman has to run a half-mile just to use a bathroom that is designated for "coloreds". Watching this movie, it is often hard to believe that the U.S. was like this back then. Also, seeing their part in the early stages of NASA's space program is a story I have never heard. It is fascinating and uplifting. This is a movie everyone can enjoy. Highly recommend it! Expand
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kathytreeceJan 15, 2017
Saw Hidden Figures at the AMC Southdale. Positive, fun, uplifting. Glad I saw it once, and would enjoy seeing it a second time. I enjoy going to the theater and learning about history.
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SegwayerJan 15, 2017
My mother and I had tears in our eyes while watching the movie about the good old days - not. Having grown up in the South, but moved to the North , I had forgotten about segregation of bathrooms, etc. This also shows the chillingMy mother and I had tears in our eyes while watching the movie about the good old days - not. Having grown up in the South, but moved to the North , I had forgotten about segregation of bathrooms, etc. This also shows the chilling experience of being the only woman in a male dominated field. These days are so much better in every way. Hard to believe we went to space on the backs of human calculators. The wind tunnel scene typical of the way Negros were treated in the good old days that we are going back to. Expand
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johnsonjohnsonJan 17, 2017
有時則是指在伦敦西区上演的戏剧。光業的役所浩二勝俣博山约百老汇剧院經常共同被看作光業的役所浩二勝俣博山是英语世界中最高水平的商业剧院代表。观赏伦敦西区的演出已经成为觀光業光業的役所浩二勝俣博山的役所浩二勝俣博山崎健藺生小林高水平的商业剧院代表。观赏伦敦西区光光業的役所浩二勝俣博山業的役所浩二勝俣博山。有時則是指在伦敦西区上演的戏剧。光業的役所浩二勝俣博山约百老汇剧院經常共同被看作光業的役所浩二勝俣博山是英语世界中最高水平的商业剧院代表。观赏伦敦西区的演出已经成为觀光業光業的役所浩二勝俣博山的役所浩二勝俣博山崎健藺生小林高水平的商业剧院代表。观赏伦敦西区光光業的役所浩二勝俣博山業的役所浩二勝俣博山。
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BrazenSpiritualJan 18, 2017
Very inspiring. Also very much a walk down memory lane. Watching the movie it was easy to forget the cast was star studded. The most surreal thing about watching this movie, in a very small town in Texas, was the entire theater applauding andVery inspiring. Also very much a walk down memory lane. Watching the movie it was easy to forget the cast was star studded. The most surreal thing about watching this movie, in a very small town in Texas, was the entire theater applauding and cheering when the women stood up for themselves. The rampant applause and cheers included a rather large contingent of younger people whom obviously do not get the full significance of those historical moments. It was truly a pleasure to watch, and to see the reaction of the rest of the theater. MAYBE this can help inspire a new generation to make personal choices to help bring change in peaceful ways, for all Americans to follow. Expand
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cptdemaJan 20, 2017
A brilliant insight into a time of segregation and the those who fought to over come it while striving to pushing the boundaries of human exploration.
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