Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. One of the best entertainments this season has yet offered.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    It blends tension and emotion, computer wizardry and dramatic skill in a vigorous climax--and the most impressive, haunting final shot of the movie year.
  3. Ends up working like a charm.
  4. 88
    Expertly directed, acted and written crowd-pleaser.
  5. An amiable mix of "Grumpy Old Men" comedy and "Apollo 13" can-we-fix-this-jalopy-before-we-die? Drama.
  6. 80
    It's a rare pleasure to see these senior citizens given so much screen time, droopy butts and all.
  7. 80
    An entertainingly raffish action-comedy.
  8. 80
    Eastwood provides more than an hour of easygoing fun, followed by 45 minutes of action and suspense.
  9. This is a mostly genial film that gets as much mileage as it can out of the undeniable charisma of its stars.
  10. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    The movie itself, like these guys, is defiantly old school -- confident, relaxed, professional.
  11. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    It proves that male action stars can triumph not only over space but, more important, over time.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    Good escapist entertainment, and the effect is ingratiating.
  13. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Good escapist entertainment, and the effect is ingratiating.
  14. The special effects are beautifully handled and the reflections on death attractively peaceful.
  15. 75
    The stuff in outer space is unexpected, the surprise waiting out there is genuine, and meanwhile, there's an abundance of charm and screen presence from the four veteran actors.
  16. The story takes a while to get started, but the acting is lively, the special effects are snazzy.
  17. The joy of Space Cowboys is in spending quality time with some favorite old actors who obviously enjoy working together.
  18. From both sides of the camera, Eastwood works the crowd better than he has in years.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Preposterous to the extreme.
  20. 75
    Arrives as a balm to seared adult psyches that have endured all manner of assaults at the multiplex this season.
  21. I guess there's something grizzled old codgers like Clint can teach those young hotshots after all.
  22. 74
    He's (Eastwood) made a mature film that bests nearly all of the summer's highly touted blockbusters for pure escapism.
  23. 70
    The plot is too implausible to rank with "Unforgiven," but, oh, what a fun ride.
  24. 70
    The filmmaker has given us two films for the price of one. Unfortunately, the second film, a gripping thriller which occupies the last 45 minutes of Space Cowboys, is much better and more involving than the first film.
  25. A lighthearted action adventure starring four of the most likable guys on the planet.
  26. Poorly engineered: lurchingly paced, the dramatic conflicts duct taped together.
  27. 67
    An affable, entertaining and poignant experience of the sort not normally afforded by space movies.
  28. 65
    An enormously satisfying corndog of a movie.
  29. 63
    Enjoyably preposterous, old-guys-are-cool-too plot.
  30. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Space Cowboys does achieve liftoff.
  31. The part that caters to older fans is funny and satisfying, if unbelievable. The part that plays to action-movie devotees is muddled, unsatisfying and unbelievable. Luckily, the first part is about two-thirds of the movie.
  32. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    60
    I really wish a younger man than Clint Eastwood had directed it.
  33. 50
    If only this amiable shaggy dog story...didn't degenerate into an implausible, second-rate thriller after takeoff.
  34. 50
    Although his (Eastwood's) intentions are good, he simply isn't capable of the wry, wistful blend of humor and sadness this story desperately needs.
  35. 50
    An implausible action adventure with the most geriatric payload since a community of retirees lifted off in "Cocoon."
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 29, 2014
    7
    Though it noticeably rides on the coattails of such classics as "Apollo 13" and "The Right Stuff," Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner's winsome chemistry on screen ultimately makes "Space Cowboys" an enjoyable astronaut flick. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2014
    10
    " Courage , pride and thats what space cowboys is about ". Four legends Clint Eastwood , Tommy Lee Jones, Hunger Games Donald Sutherland an James Garner are reunited to take down the Russian satllite in space. A good plot whats not to enjoy from a clint eastwood film/movie. Great effects , Amazing cast and great Directing from Eastwood. Clint Eastwood Does it AGAIN ! makes the marvelous film Full Review »