October Sky Synopsis
A West Virginia miner's son (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes a NASA scientist.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A family tale, in the best sense. [19 February 1999, Tempo, p.4]
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88

ReelViews

By 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...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the best elements of the movie is in breaking free, he is respecting his father. This movie has deep values.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Now if that isn't an inspirational story, it's hard to know what is.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
This film is family.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film is rich in period flavor and refreshingly unhip.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

While this movie hasn't many surprises, it does offer strong performances, especially from Gyllenhaal.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

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Duller than rocket science and more reliant on formulas.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The finale, which utilizes vintage home movies to show us the real people we've just seen portrayed, packs a wallop. [19 February 1999,...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Here's hoping other filmmakers will follow its spirit, if not all of its methods.
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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
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