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  • Summary: Firmly ensconced in the geeky pantheon of computer legends since high school, Richard Garriott can afford to pursue his dreams - even the wildly improbable ones. For instance, following in his astronaut father's footsteps. NASA won't take you because of bad eyes? No problem! Pioneer your own private space industry and buy a $30 million seat on a Russian Soyuz. Richly funny and invigorating, Man on a Mission tags along with Richard on his years-long quest to be the second Garriott into space. And maybe come back. (First Run Features) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Feb 10, 2012
    75
    A disarmingly enthusiastic documentary about how its subject eventually found his own way into orbit.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 10, 2012
    70
    A must-see for stargazers of all ages.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 10, 2012
    70
    It's a bit precious in its narcissistic point of view, but still a kick to watch the hopelessly devoted astronaut wannabe fulfill his wildest dream.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Feb 10, 2012
    60
    The most expensive home movie ever made, is one man's genial account of his trip into outer space.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 10, 2012
    40
    Presumably intended as an inspiring portrait of a private individual daring to live his dream of traveling in space, Man on a Mission instead comes across as a cautionary tale about having too much time and money on your hands.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 10, 2012
    40
    It should be mentioned that Garriott's father, Owen, was himself a Skylab astronaut, a fact of which much is made - but that only more obviously shows Man on a Mission for what it is: a puffed-up home movie.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 10, 2012
    12
    Completely lacking in imagination and purpose, this vanity project might suffice as a home movie, but it's hardly worth the expense and bother of seeing it in a theater.

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