The Right Stuff: Project Mercury

The Right Stuff: Project Mercury

The Right Stuff: Project Mercury

Based on Tom Wolfe's book, this National Geographic drama follows US fighter pilots competing to become the first Mercury astronauts. Based on the book by Tom Wolfe and the previous 1983 movie adaptation. Co-executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Billed as a "gritty, anti-nostalgic look at what would become America's first reality show as the obsessive original Mercury Seven astronauts and their families become instant celebrities."

2020USANational Geographic, Disney+
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

Streaming (1 Provider)

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

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The glossy TV series, produced by Nat Geo for Disney Plus, is a comfort food repeat of a story told many times before.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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The story crawls along incrementally without using all that time to let us know its characters as anything but the broadest of archetypes.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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This Right Stuff is disappointingly...fine. ... Forgive me, then, if it takes some adjustment of expectations to settle for a treatment of their life that's simply "OK."

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

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While it would be next to impossible to duplicate the shining brilliance of Philip Kaufman’s 1983 theatrical adaptation of the same material (IMHO the best astronaut movie ever made), show creator Mark Lafferty has delivered a visually striking, well-acted period piece that plays like “Mad Men: The Flyboys Edition.”

CNN

CNN

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Expanded into an eight-hour series, The Right Stuff doesn't feel the need for speed. What it loses in momentum, however, this Disney+ series gains in its characterizations, offering a satisfying voyage back into the stories of the men at the center of the Mercury 7 space program, as well as the women that loved and/or endured them.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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A surprisingly compelling workplace drama once it dives into the strained interpersonal relationships between the American men competing to be the first in space.

Collider

Collider

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Nothing feels gratuitous and there isn’t anything even remotely shocking. It’s just more mature and well rounded; these characters are messy and flawed and full of contradictions, and the show isn’t afraid to engage with those less pleasant aspects of their lives. As a dramatic series, it’s phenomenal; it’s frequently touching and just as thrilling.

Variety

Variety

press

The glossy TV series, produced by Nat Geo for Disney Plus, is a comfort food repeat of a story told many times before.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The story crawls along incrementally without using all that time to let us know its characters as anything but the broadest of archetypes.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This Right Stuff is disappointingly...fine. ... Forgive me, then, if it takes some adjustment of expectations to settle for a treatment of their life that's simply "OK."

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

While it would be next to impossible to duplicate the shining brilliance of Philip Kaufman’s 1983 theatrical adaptation of the same material (IMHO the best astronaut movie ever made), show creator Mark Lafferty has delivered a visually striking, well-acted period piece that plays like “Mad Men: The Flyboys Edition.”

CNN

CNN

press

Expanded into an eight-hour series, The Right Stuff doesn't feel the need for speed. What it loses in momentum, however, this Disney+ series gains in its characterizations, offering a satisfying voyage back into the stories of the men at the center of the Mercury 7 space program, as well as the women that loved and/or endured them.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

A surprisingly compelling workplace drama once it dives into the strained interpersonal relationships between the American men competing to be the first in space.

Collider

Collider

press

Nothing feels gratuitous and there isn’t anything even remotely shocking. It’s just more mature and well rounded; these characters are messy and flawed and full of contradictions, and the show isn’t afraid to engage with those less pleasant aspects of their lives. As a dramatic series, it’s phenomenal; it’s frequently touching and just as thrilling.

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