The Challenger Disaster Image
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80

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  • Summary: Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (John Hurt) investigates the reasons behind the explosion of the Challenger shuttle in 1986 as he faces issues with his health and the NASA supporters on the Presidential commission to uncover the truth.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Science, Educational
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 15, 2013
    83
    Quiet, intelligent, worth checking out.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 15, 2013
    80
    It’s not just a good story, it’s a good story well told.
  5. 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.
  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: 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.

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  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. Expand