Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 15, 2013
    80
    The movie approaches the story with enough time having passed to feel fresh, emerging as a small but engaging international production--one that feels pretty timeless in its look at cover-your-ass bureaucracy--helped by first-class casting that in addition to Hurt includes Bruce Greenwood and Brian Dennehy.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 15, 2013
    80
    It’s not just a good story, it’s a good story well told.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 15, 2013
    70
    It plays more like a science thriller than a biopic, with Feynman receiving clues scribbled on pieces of paper by NASA engineers.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 15, 2013
    80
    The Challenger Disaster adeptly uses its story time by leaning on Hurt to at once capture Feynman’s brilliance and captivating personality while also showing that Feynman’s own sense of compressed mortality and his adherence to scientific truth helped stop what could have been a whitewash.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 15, 2013
    83
    Quiet, intelligent, worth checking out.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 15, 2013
    75
    The film is both dramatically viable and instructive. Yes, we learn about science, but perhaps more important, we also learn about standing your ground no matter what challenges you face.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Nov 15, 2013
    70
    As Feynman, it takes the workmanlike Hurt a little too long to shuffle through the slate of go-to moods and characters he’s played already, but he eventually lands on a unique and compelling take on the man.
  8. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 15, 2013
    80
    The Challenger investigation story doesn’t have quite the level of malfeasance or the cloak-and-dagger undertones of other movies about real-life government or business debacles. But it still makes for an absorbing tale, one that seems well timed for our current moment of bungled websites, unrestrained eavesdropping and public skepticism.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Nov 15, 2013
    88
    It’s both a learning experience and an emotional reminder of what can go wrong in that gray area separating man and machine.
  10. Reviewed by: Zack Handlen
    Nov 15, 2013
    91
    While the narrow view of the tragedy means a limit to the movie’s broader appeal, it’s intensely refreshing to see a story like this told without any need to soften or commercialize its ideas.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 18, 2013
    7
    I enjoyed it. I've long admired Fynman and had forgotten that he was involved in the investigation. It's always hard, I think, to pull off a movie when everyone knows how it will end, but in this case, it was fascinating to see how much resistance Fynman and other investigators faced during the process. Full Review »