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October Sky

Rated PG for language, brief teen sensuality and alcohol use, and for some thematic elements.

PG In Theaters 02/12/1999 , 108min.
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Critic score based on 23 reviews

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April 24, 2011
fabulous movie. I was one of those high school kids that was swept away by Sputnik. Briefly joined the Connecticut Rocket Society and did my physics project on nose cone shape and its effect on deflecting heat upon re-entry. Worked like a charm. Been a fan of NASA ever since. Go generation of the 50s and 60s!!!

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Entertainment Weekly
Duller than rocket science and more reliant on formulas. Full Review
David Edelstein
At its best, the movie evokes that blend of thrill and terror that comes from mixing two chemicals together without being sure that an instant later you'll still be standing there in one piece. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Paint-by-numbers feel-gooder, in which Homer and his friends decide to win a national science fair for their little town and, ultimately, for America. Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
Despite its "based on a true story" opening credit, this earnest, nostalgic film has a way of seeming too good to be true. Full Review
James Berardinelli
With its lack of car chases, fist fights, and over-the-top melodrama, the film has to rely on solid acting, an intelligent script, and capable directing. Full Review

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