Apollo 13

Apollo 13

Apollo 13

Ron Howard’s historical space drama nominated for nine Academy Awards (taking home two) follows the true story of the failed 13th Apollo mission to the moon. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise star as the three astronauts who, in 1970, are set for lunar exploration after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s history-making feat the year before. But what was meant to be a "routine" flight turned very problematic.

Best Sound and Editing, Academy Awards 1996; Best Special Effects and Production Design, BAFTA Awards 1996
1995Rating: PG, Low level coarse language140 minsUSA
AdventureDramaTrue Story & Biography

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Apollo 13 / Reviews

New York Daily News

New York Daily News

(An) entertaining, crisply professional film.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

It chronicles one of the most dramatic of all spaceflights... and it does this in a way that's so authentic, so brilliant in its technical details, that it succeeds in putting us on that ship.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

From lift-off to splashdown, Apollo 13 gives one hell of a ride.

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USA Today

USA Today

The movie will happily repay multiple viewings.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

(Apollo 13) may be handsome, earnest, well-acted and admirably executed, but it's hardly the heart-pounder Universal promised.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It's easily Howard's best film.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Its tendency to mimic attitudes of bravery rather than effectively convey them allows a certain hollowness to sink into the inspirational moments.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

(A) meticulous but ultimately rather pedestrian drama...

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The film, despite its raggedness, is stirring.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Proves that science history can be just as thrilling as science fiction.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

The film succeeds brilliantly at organising great gobs of information into powerful drama.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Even if you know how it all turned out... this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Ron Howard's pop-entertainment you-are-there space thriller is easily the most rousing film of the year...

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

(A) compelling look back at the most action-packed American space mission of all time.

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Total Film

Total Film

Tom Hanks perfectly embodies white bread goodness as mission leader Jim Lovell and, while we may all know the ending, it's a tribute to Howard's no-frills, focused direction that the story remains undeniably gripping.

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Time Out

Time Out

Where it scores is in subtly restating traditional notions of male heroism.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Playing the tough, commanding Jim Lovell is a substantial stretch for Mr. Hanks, but as usual his seeming ingenuousness overshadows all else about the role.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A powerful story, one of the year's best films, told with great clarity and remarkable technical detail.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It may not be the best film of the year, but it's certainly made of the right stuff.

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