The Astronaut Farmer Synopsis
A farmer (Billy Bob Thornton), who once worked for NASA, builds a rocket in his barn.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
After teeny indies, this studio release retains the trademark love of warped American gothic that the Polishes share with David Lynch and...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's hard not to like a movie so determined to make you feel the love of a family, to make you feel that every dream can become a reality...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The Astronaut Farmer stalls narratively in the third act, but rest assured it finally achieves liftoff. See it before it disappears into...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The Astronaut Farmer's goofy quality makes it totally endearing. It's also super entertaining. Critics are fond of referring to movies as a...
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By James Berardinelli
The Astronaut Farmer is one of those movies that makes an audience want to cheer and clap.
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The Hollywood Reporter

The Astronaut Farmer, is goofy, wholesome and, well, sweet. Despite some droll humor and on-target political jabs delivered deadpan by a...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
As stories go, The Astronaut Farmer is engaging, even if it serves up a kind of Plains State brand of Rocky-esque hooey.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
The real problem with The Astronaut Farmer is that it has no spark.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
In most cases, doggedly pursuing a dream is laudable. But if it does nothing else, The Astronaut Farmer demonstrates that not every dream...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The oddest thing about this very odd movie is that it doesn't seem to know what to make of itself.
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Astronaut Farmer encourages dreamers

By tamarasommers
Astronaut Farmer—The movie is a story for dreamers and creative individuals. It is an encouraging story for young and mature minds on several levels. It demonstrates victory against the most...

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By Lady Bells
This is a wholesome family movie... It has some realistic items pertaining to everyday life, but it is a movie about hopes and dreams... Everyone must have hope and everyone must have dreams.....

How Corny can a movie get!

By debrac
I couln't believe my husband chose this movie. We usually see well written, well directed, thought provoking movies....what a mistake. I teased him for days....

Loved it!

By jburkezz
This is a great family movie and quite entertaining. It's nice to see that Billy Bob Thornton can make movies without lots of profanity also. I really enjoyed it....

Great Family Movie!!

By Jack B Park Forest IL
Loved it as it teaches you a thing or two about life and never giving up on your dreams!...

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By wcavette_appraiser_plan
It was a good story, one that the whole family could see together. The music was good also. It was good to see a movie that was character driven that did not contain a lot of violence or sexual...

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By tmb
An enjoyable movie....

Great feel good family movie

By TikiLiz
My family loved this movie. It relays a message of never giving up on your dreams no matter how out of reach they seem. It was better than I had anticipated and I would see it again. Take your family...

Billy Bob, I'm disappointed

By charliebob
13 yr. old grandson said "awesome" ... grandmother, nodded all the way through. So totally implausible, yet presented in a "you've gotta believe us" light. Beautiful scenery ... cute little girls...

could have been better

By motelcambodia
Looks like a lot of money was spent on making this , But the story line could have been better . Rewritten and edited this could have been better. It jumps around a bit and stupid FBI guys must...

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Rated PG | For thematic material, peril and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Billy Bob dreams of space in uneven fantasy drama.
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