October Sky

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71

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on Homer H. Hickman's memoir "Rocket Boys," this film begins in 1957 with Russia's historic launch of the Sputnik satellite and chronicles its impact on a group of boys in West Virginia.

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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    90
    Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational.
  2. 88
    With its lack of car chases, fist fights, and over-the-top melodrama, the film has to rely on solid acting, an intelligent script, and capable directing.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    At its best, the movie evokes that blend of thrill and terror that comes from mixing two chemicals together without being sure that an instant later you'll still be standing there in one piece.
  4. Duller than rocket science and more reliant on formulas.
  5. While this movie hasn't many surprises, it does offer strong performances, especially from Gyllenhaal.
  6. Paint-by-numbers feel-gooder, in which Homer and his friends decide to win a national science fair for their little town and, ultimately, for America.
  7. October Sky may be set around coal mines, but ultimately it's Field of Corn, Part II.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. MurtazaS.
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    One of those few movies that reach the emotional core. Inspiring yet realistic, the story depicts ordinary kids doing extra ordinary things One of those few movies that reach the emotional core. Inspiring yet realistic, the story depicts ordinary kids doing extra ordinary things through will and effort. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2014
    10
    An absolute masterpiece for everyone. A great movie to watch while studying rocketry. This movie has many morals and lessons and touches onAn absolute masterpiece for everyone. A great movie to watch while studying rocketry. This movie has many morals and lessons and touches on some issues in life like social life and friends, family problems, problem solving and not giving up, and following your dream. An absolute must see for all ages! Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2015
    10
    Inspiring movie that is well-acted. Of all the movies I could recommend to my students it is this movie, to which they all invariably respondInspiring movie that is well-acted. Of all the movies I could recommend to my students it is this movie, to which they all invariably respond in the most positive way.

    Don't pay attention to the curmudgeons and holier-than-thou critics who rarely have a good word to say about any movie, especially one that celebrates ambition and intelligence. This movie has great heart even as it appeals to the mind.
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  4. MichelleP.
    Jun 13, 2003
    9
    I remember seeing this movie when I was in 3rd grade. Though I didn't understand it too much, I remember that it was still able to hold I remember seeing this movie when I was in 3rd grade. Though I didn't understand it too much, I remember that it was still able to hold my attention. A few days ago I watched it and loved it even more. It's a beautiful and moving story with superb acting, good characters, beautiful forest settings, and a compelling, inspiring, and touching story. I absolutely loved it. Expand
  5. May 17, 2016
    8
    Classic film! Who cares if it's slow in some parts, the acting and music score adds up for it! Great inspirational film.

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    Classic film! Who cares if it's slow in some parts, the acting and music score adds up for it! Great inspirational film.

    Watch it online for free: http://www.watchfree.to/watch-960-October-Sky-movie-online-free-putlocker.html
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  6. Jan 11, 2015
    8
    Both inspiring and entertaining "October Sky" is the kind of drama that uplifts you with I'ts content rather than pin you in a corner and cry.Both inspiring and entertaining "October Sky" is the kind of drama that uplifts you with I'ts content rather than pin you in a corner and cry. An inspirational drama. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2014
    4
    October Sky is a horrible movie. The acting was bad, the score was bad, the writing was bad, and it tried WAY to hard to be sad or serious.October Sky is a horrible movie. The acting was bad, the score was bad, the writing was bad, and it tried WAY to hard to be sad or serious. BUT, I still liked and enjoyed it. It was entertaining, even though some parts were laughably bad. Expand

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