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"Houston, we have a problem." Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis in 1970, events recreated in this epic historical drama from Ron Howard. Astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) leads command module pilot Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and lunar module driver Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) on what is slated as NASA's third lunar landing mission. All goes smoothly until the craft is halfway through its mission, when an exploding oxygen tank threatens the crew's oxygen and power supplies. As the courageous astronauts face the dilemma of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even if you know how it all turned out (and you should), this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"Apollo 13, one of the most exciting adventure movies of the year, proves that science history can be just as thrilling as science fiction."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The special effects are as spectacular as anything in Star Trek, but Howard shows wise restraint in not inflating the drama and tension inherent in the true story."
‑ Chauncey Mabe, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The genius of Apollo 13 lies in its universal appeal -- everybody loves a story about a lousy flight."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"If there is one subject that makes it okay to feel old-fashioned patriotism and pride in humanity... it is surely the US space program."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The film succeeds brilliantly at organizing great gobs of information into powerful drama."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Howard is not above pushing buttons of his own and milking the big moments. But they are indeed big moments, and the manipulation is not intrusive. He has made a can-do movie for our can't-do age."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Partially filmed in genuine weightless conditions, Ron Howard's movie is a technical tour de force."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"Tom Hanks perfectly embodies white bread goodness as mission leader Jim Lovell and, while we may all know the ending, it's a tribute to Howard's no-frills, focused direction that the story remains undeniably gripping."
‑ Jonathan Dean, Total Film
"Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Hanks is a terrific choice for the lead because he can appear strong and military without slipping over into Sgt. Rock corniness."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The film, despite its raggedness, is stirring. In the end, this failed mission seems like the most impressive achievement of the entire space program: a triumph not of planning but of inspired improvisation."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"This stuff works so well because the production is so convincing."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"What compensates for this predictable plot is the professionalism with which it's told, turning a minor piece of 1970s history into an engaging yarn with equal quantities of special-effects wizardry and human feeling."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Truly a director for the '90s, Ron Howard has mastered the art of spinning big, old-fashioned yarns without any discernible point of view, and his movie is curiously empty and instantly forgettable."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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