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The Astronaut Farmer
Dismissed from NASA's space program, former astronaut-in-training Charles Farmer pursues his lifelong dream by building his own rocket. On the eve of his launch, he must battle foreclosure on his ranch, a small-town community of disbelievers, the FAA and FBI agents who want to shut him down in the name of Homeland Security--but he remains determined to reach his goal and instill in his children the courage to pursue their own dreams, no matter the odds.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fueled by a decidedly American formula of can-do crazy, The Astronaut Farmer feels, for all its libertarianism, a little lost in space."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A mysterious little movie about a man following his dream, The Astronaut Farmer seems to be a visitor from some alternative universe, a place where logic and reason and recognizable human behavior have little reign."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Self-fondling Americana"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's hard not to like this goofy little film...engaging and uplifting for young and old."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It earns emotion because Farmer's arguments with the F.A.A. and his own wife appeal to basic hopes of liberty - belief that dreaming doesn't have to end with adulthood."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Too odd for a studio movie, too cornpone for the independent scene, The Astronaut Farmer"
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The Astronaut Farmer's goofy quality makes it totally endearing. It's also super entertaining. Critics are fond of referring to movies as a 'great ride.' With this one, the words couldn't be more apt."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Astronaut Farmer is one of those movies that you don't believe for a moment while you're watching it, but you leave with a warm glow. But by the time you've driven home, you realize you've been conned."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"While it is far too long, especially in the home stretch, The Astronaut Farmer is a heartwarming and fun story about the tenacity it takes to see a dream through."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"Movies, even if they are ridiculous, are supposed to give us a desire to believe it could happen. This movie never comes close."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"You either roll with the hokum or you don't. If you do, the essential message of realizing your dreams flies as well as Jimmy Stewart's angel wings. If you don't, reality is as close as the nearest window."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Filled with lovely images (the opening credit sequence, of Charlie in his spacesuit, riding the range on horseback, is a beaut) and nice character turns, The Astronaut Farmer nonetheless veers too close to cliche."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"We should be routing for Farmer and delighted that his dreams are finally becoming a reality, but, instead, the implausibility of the whole thing, the sheer Disneyification of its premise, the Capra-corn nature of its "follow your dreams and never, ever q"
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"The filmmakers reveal a keen eye for oddities in the American landscape be it a pair of conjoined twins trying to look normal, a huge ark sitting in the middle of a Montana town or a rocket nestled in a barn."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"As sweet as new-mown hay, "The Astronaut Farmer" is a gentle movie about pursuing dreams regardless of the cost."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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