Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    90
    Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational.
  2. A family tale, in the best sense. [19 February 1999, Tempo, p.4]
  3. 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.
  4. 88
    One of the best elements of the movie is in breaking free, he is respecting his father. This movie has deep values.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 4, 2013
    5
    There certainly was an emotional core to this movie that made it appealing along with some heavy hitter acting from Chris cooper it was almostThere certainly was an emotional core to this movie that made it appealing along with some heavy hitter acting from Chris cooper it was almost good. The moral and general feel was curious and fun but the downfalls of the script, the young acting, and the lack of true meaning falls flat. The outcome is a well directed after school special that I could do without. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    9
    Hmm. . .well that was refreshing. I can honestly say that after watching Joe Johnston's "October Sky" I feel a whole lot better aboutHmm. . .well that was refreshing. I can honestly say that after watching Joe Johnston's "October Sky" I feel a whole lot better about everything. Truly just an overwhelmingly inspiring and uplifting film. I mean you could take the most cynical, mysanthropic soul on this planet, have him watch "October Sky", and he'd have a healthier outlook on his life. I swear, during the last 10 minutes of this movie, I had the biggest **** grin on my face - one of those endings you just can't help but get caught up in. The film features an abundant amount of fine performances. Namely, Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of Homer Hickam, and Chris Cooper's compelling turn as his father, John. Other great performances came from Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, and Chad Lindberg. The movie is shot to a magnificent degree. For instance, Cinematographer Fred Murphy really uses dismal lighting to magnify the miserable atmosphere within Coalwood, West Virginia. The movie is also edited to a tee. "October Sky" Full Review »
  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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