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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film is rich in period flavor and refreshingly unhip. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    This film is family. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The finale, which utilizes vintage home movies to show us the real people we've just seen portrayed, packs a wallop. [19 February 1999, Life, p.13E] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the best elements of the movie is in breaking free, he is respecting his father. This movie has deep values. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A family tale, in the best sense. [19 February 1999, Tempo, p.4] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Here's hoping other filmmakers will follow its spirit, if not all of its methods. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    While this movie hasn't many surprises, it does offer strong performances, especially from Gyllenhaal. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Now if that isn't an inspirational story, it's hard to know what is. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    Cooper who was so poignant in "Lone Star," gives an emotionally robust performance. show more

  • April 24, 2011 vapec
    Report This User

    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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