• Released
  • October 12, 2001
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • Musical Comedy
    Comedy
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The American Astronaut Synopsis
A space traveler (Cory McAbee) embarks on an interplanetary wild-goose chase.
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
The result is a sui generis, love-it-or-hate-it exercise in homegrown American surrealism.
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80

Film Threat

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This musical epic is unlike anything I (or anyone I know) have ever laid eyes on.
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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...
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70

TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
The characters may be one-dimensional ciphers with nothing much to say, but boy, do they not say it with style.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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...
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63

Boston Globe

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Doesn't really have a climax that works, making you wonder whether all the nutso plot machinations were worth following. Maybe, maybe not....
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Much of Astronaut comes off as tedious and self-amused, but the musical vignettes are fun.
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50

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Rarely funny and straining to reach feature length, The American Astronaut achieves sweetness via its straight-faced take on utter...
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42

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
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...
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The best part of this proudly absurd experience is the music.
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