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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Howard lays off the manipulation to tell the true story of the near-fatal 1970 Apollo 13 mission in painstaking and lively detail. It's easily Howard's best film. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    I just wish that "Apollo 13" worked better as a movie, and that Howard's threshold for corn, mush and twinkly sentiment weren't so darn wide. show more

  • 100
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    "The Right Stuff" will endure as the more ambitious movie, but this book-faithful, 2-hour team effort shrewdly keeps its eye on the ball. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Ron Howard's film of this mission is directed with a single-mindedness and attention to detail that makes it riveting. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a nail-biter and knuckle whitener of the first rank: a super real life techno thriller that reduces the fantasies of Tom Clancy and his clones to ground zero. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Examiner

    With no frills and no commentary, Howard and company have made the kind of absorbing thriller we have in mind when we wistfully sigh, "They don't make movies like they used to." show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Perhaps the most impressive feat of this film is sustaining white-knuckle tension even though the chain of events is well-known. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The direction may not be flashy, but it is controlled and confident; the frames unfold with a no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts realism that, in this era of laser-blazing Batplanes, seems downright welcome. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Howard spins the story with enough gusto and gumption to make it reasonably entertaining. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    Curiously empty and instantly forgettable. show more

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