Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 88
    It placed second for the People's Choice Award at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival--after "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." That's about right.
  2. 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. The acting and screenplay are amusing, but director Sitch might have taken a more adventurous approach to a tale with such an adventurous subject.
  4. It's a lovely, original, Australian take on a climactic moment usually thought of as all American.
  5. Maintains a tone that remains as light and easygoing as the Australians living in the area.
  6. Apollo 11's mission was a singular chapter in the story of mankind; The Dish finds a whimsical, winning way of telling it anew.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The cast is wonderful, the soundtrack features a well-chosen array of bouncy period pop tunes, and Graeme Wood's cinematography makes the most of the stately beauty of the dish itself.
  8. Amusing, compelling and technologically fascinating tale.
  9. Takes unabashed delight in itself and its own culture.
  10. 75
    Sitch keeps the tone consistently light, scoring big laughs all the way to the film's climax.
  11. It unfolds in a hearty, good-natured Australian comedy that affectionately depicts how the citizens of a small town become connected to the Apollo moon flight.
  12. If you like films short, sweet and soothing, this may be exactly your "Dish."
  13. The kind of movie some audiences are starved for, a comedy with a human face, warmth and spirit.
  14. For all its folksy jocularity, the movie inspires a sense of global patriotism. In the big picture, every little dish counts.
  15. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Warm, wry, endearing.
  16. It was a time in history eminently worth celebrating on film.
  17. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    A feel-good comic ensembler that's hard to resist.
  18. Harmless and affectionate, The Dish gives its clich├ęs breathing room, and so a few are pleasantly surprising.
  19. 80
    Simple fare, a feel-good movie that re-creates a time and place with gentle humor and a reminder that the Aussies have the right stuff, too.
  20. 75
    Dramatically moving and good-naturedly humorous, it transmits a sharp picture of humanity that inspires both awe and laughter.
  21. 70
    A disarming helping of Capra-esque corn served up by writer-director Rob Sitch.
  22. Works well as a metaphor for a more innocent time.
  23. 83
    Appropriate music, lovely cinematography and stellar performances by both a subtly moving Neill and a likable, barrel-chested super-American Warburton.
  24. A quirky character study of the four-man team, led by Sam Neill as the crew leader who seems surrounded by an aura of sadness but is so dedicated that he's not above lying to Houston to buy time when something goes wrong.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    If it weren't so pushy about selling itself, The Dish might have been a very special movie.
  26. 70
    Surprisingly moving -- prompting lumps in the throat over what was, after all, a historic moment of the most luminous hope.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 14, 2012
    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 happy films that reminds man of his better side. Full Review »