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Based on 14 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Much of Astronaut comes off as tedious and self-amused, but the musical vignettes are fun. show more

  • 38
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The best part of this proudly absurd experience is the music. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A micro-budget black-and-white musical set in outer space, The American Astronaut is obviously not for all tastes -- but it's quite unlike anything else out there at the moment. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    Doesn't really have a climax that works, making you wonder whether all the nutso plot machinations were worth following. Maybe, maybe not. But there were a number of skewed bits that popped out and put a chuckle into this journey. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    This musical epic is unlike anything I (or anyone I know) have ever laid eyes on. show more

  • 70
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    The characters may be one-dimensional ciphers with nothing much to say, but boy, do they not say it with style. show more

  • 42
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Quickly becomes an endurance test: like watching an old Carol Burnett skit that's not working, or a high school play that's trying to be bad. show more

  • 80
    Hazel-Dawn Dumpert L.A. Weekly

    The result is a sui generis, love-it-or-hate-it exercise in homegrown American surrealism. show more

  • 80
    Chicago Reader

    Mott Hupfel II's noirish photography, Pete Beaudreau's smooth editing, and McAbee's wry script are all wonderful, and Dawn Weisberg's costumes are especially killing. show more

  • 50
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    Rarely funny and straining to reach feature length, The American Astronaut achieves sweetness via its straight-faced take on utter gobbledygook. show more

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