The Dish

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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics What's this?

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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: Set on a sheep farm in the remote town of Parkes, Australia in 1969, this is the amusing story of a satellite interface that served as a relay between NASA and Apollo 11 during the historic mission to the moon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. It's a lovely, original, Australian take on a climactic moment usually thought of as all American.
  2. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    88
    Cannily weaving cross-cultural comedy with we-can-do-it humor in the spirit of "The Full Monty," the film builds to a rousing climax.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    80
    Apollo 11's mission was a singular chapter in the story of mankind; The Dish finds a whimsical, winning way of telling it anew.
  4. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    75
    It was a time in history eminently worth celebrating on film.
  5. The acting and screenplay are amusing, but director Sitch might have taken a more adventurous approach to a tale with such an adventurous subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    A feel-good comic ensembler that's hard to resist.
  7. Harmless and affectionate, The Dish gives its clichés breathing room, and so a few are pleasantly surprising.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. HelenW.
    Dec 13, 2006
    10
    One of my favorite movies. Anyone alive at the time the movie takes place is going to appreciate it. Very nostalgic, accented with popular One of my favorite movies. Anyone alive at the time the movie takes place is going to appreciate it. Very nostalgic, accented with popular music of the time, as well as a very nice score. I've seen it many times, and it still brings tears to my eyes. It is very sweet, funny and moving. One of the few moments in history you when you could believe we have the capacity to get it right, and you are glad to relive it again and again. Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    9
    The Dish is a wonderful Australian comedy set in the daring days of the space race. Sam Neil is wonderful and the film is one of those happyThe Dish is a wonderful Australian comedy set in the daring days of the space race. Sam Neil is wonderful and the film is one of those happy films that reminds man of his better side. Expand
  3. JayH
    May 5, 2009
    7
    Sweet Australian film The cast is wonderful and give very real and natural performances. The characters are very well defined. Great Sweet Australian film The cast is wonderful and give very real and natural performances. The characters are very well defined. Great cinematography, well written and directed. It's a fine, solid film. Expand

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