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  • Summary: From the time he was a child, Charles Farmer (Thornton) had only one goal: to be an astronaut. Even when he is forced to drop out of NASA's astronaut training program to deal with a family situation, he refuses to let anything stand in the way of his dream. When, on the eve of theFrom the time he was a child, Charles Farmer (Thornton) had only one goal: to be an astronaut. Even when he is forced to drop out of NASA's astronaut training program to deal with a family situation, he refuses to let anything stand in the way of his dream. When, on the eve of the long-anticipated launch of his barn-built rocket, Farmer faces a new set of obstacles, he is determined o reach his goal no matter the odds. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. After teeny indies, this studio release retains the trademark love of warped American gothic that the Polishes share with David Lynch and the brothers Ethan and Joel Coen. But the unexpected streak of yearning sunniness -- the Spielbergian touch of boyhood dreams propelling a grown man -- gives The Astronaut Farmer a warmth that's new for them.
  2. 75
    The Astronaut Farmer stalls narratively in the third act, but rest assured it finally achieves liftoff. See it before it disappears into the ether.
  3. 75
    The Astronaut Farmer is one of those movies that makes an audience want to cheer and clap.
  4. 67
    Too odd for a studio movie, too cornpone for the independent scene, The Astronaut Farmer finds its creators stuck awkwardly between worlds, making what amounts to a deep curiosity.
  5. Wobbles between its comic and dramatic concerns; even those who buy the film more wholeheartedly than I might consider the overall tone uncertain.
  6. Rarely have I seen a movie which made me feel more skeptically Canadian. Please -- it's not true that you can do anything. Stop trying. You might make things worse.
  7. A piece of mythmaking stupidity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. PeniR.
    Feb 28, 2007
    10
    This was such a sweet family movie and holy cow, BRUCE WILLIS is in it!
  2. BillyH.
    Feb 27, 2007
    10
    Nothing can really happen the way they do in PG movies. If this movie were rated R, then I'm sure it would be more realistic, but it Nothing can really happen the way they do in PG movies. If this movie were rated R, then I'm sure it would be more realistic, but it wouldn't have the same feel good message and I wouldn't have brought my little ones. I thought it was a great family movie! Expand
  3. AlanS.
    Mar 1, 2007
    9
    Enjoyable, escapist, unusual. Sure, some physical-law and plot disconnects, but no regrets anyway about the time or money spent to see it. Enjoyable, escapist, unusual. Sure, some physical-law and plot disconnects, but no regrets anyway about the time or money spent to see it. For a nice change, something upbeat and non-violent. Expand
  4. PnArdyPnArdy
    May 13, 2007
    6
    It would have been great movie if they kept it real. The idea of the private space travel is brilliant, but no single farmer could possibly It would have been great movie if they kept it real. The idea of the private space travel is brilliant, but no single farmer could possibly accomplish such a huge and challenging task, launch himself into space and then return to Earth successfully. Expand
  5. Ryan
    Aug 21, 2007
    3
    Oh so boring..I could barely sit through this movie. I don't like the comparison of this to field of dreams.
  6. Brendan
    Apr 16, 2007
    2
    With a terrible tittle and a boring storyline The Astronaut Farmer has everything to make a terrible drama. The only thing that gets this With a terrible tittle and a boring storyline The Astronaut Farmer has everything to make a terrible drama. The only thing that gets this films a 2/10 is a pretty well off performance from Billy Bob Thornton. He actually makes you smile a little bit when he finally succeeds. But personally a found myself looking around waiting for something exciting or dramatic to happen and when it does you've been dozing off too long to notice it. I don't think this would appeal to almost any audience it's not good for families, teens, adults or any moviegoers. If I were you I'd rather sit at home. Expand
  7. RagnarOne-Thumb
    Feb 23, 2007
    0
    Absolutely horrible. Swelling strings, long stares into each other's eyes do not a movie make. Add implausibility too. An atlas rocket Absolutely horrible. Swelling strings, long stares into each other's eyes do not a movie make. Add implausibility too. An atlas rocket tipping over would have exploded into 12.7 billion frickin pieces...gasp. Expand

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