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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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....

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.....

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....

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By MDBMovielovers
Wonder family movie. Much more interesting and believable than we thought it would be. Loving family relationships make this a great movie for children....

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By ssbeesley
The scenes were hard to follow. Although a sweet story, was a little confusing at times....

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By jan angel
Great Family Movie!! I wish more movies like this would be made for us decent people who want to go to the movies with their families and enjoy it, instead of being embarrassed when the nudity, sex...

too slow

By jakclassic
good acting & caracters ---just not enough action for 90 minutes....

Good choice

By weblur
I thought it was very entertaining. My 9 year old grand-daughter enjoyed it as well. Everyone has dreams, but only few try to make them come true! It takes hard work and great devotion and this movie...

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By tmb
An enjoyable movie....

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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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