Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
Twelve men who belong to one of the world's most exclusive fraternities -- people who've walked on the surface of the moon -- are paid homage in this documentary. Using newsreel footage, rare NASA photographs, and digitally animated re-creations, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon examines the Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972 which put astronauts on the moon. In addition to explaining the technological know-how necessary to take our fliers to the moon, the film shares the thoughts of astronauts about what they saw and experienced in space, taken from their speeches and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon is an earnest but insubstantial Imax 3-D spectacle that, even at 40 minutes, seems unduly padded."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Adults will be more than passably entertained by this short, patriotic feature, and kids will be entranced."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"This is a mesmerizing film that serves as a reminder of just how amazing our country's space exploration has been."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Go see Magnificent Desolation on the giant IMAX screen and Tom Hanks will moon-rock your world."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"condensing the moon program into roughly 60 minutes is a pretty impressive feat. Giving you the feeling of actually being part of it is even more impressive"
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
"The illusion is impressive but incomplete, and therefore mildly disappointing. But I cannot deny having felt a little nervous when 'we' were standing too close to the edge at the Grand Canyon-like Hadley Rille. So clearly I am a liar."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"Playful, inspirational."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"It's a stirring and persuasive plug for resuming in-person space exploration -- and it's a lot of fun besides."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
""Magnificent," indeed."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Tom Hanks' folksy narration could be intended to bury as much as praise the space program: Apollo missions belonged to an era of American optimism unlikely to be revisited."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"One of the astronauts describes his excitement during the lunar mission as 'like a kid playing in a sandbox.' Unfortunately, that could also sum up the film's visual content."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Offers the most realistic approximation of a moon visit that Earthbound mortals have ever seen."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Overall, the production successfully maneuvers through 2D and 3D nearby-space with a playful spirit of curiosity, experiment and wonder."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"In a cinematic era in which seemingly any feat or place can be generated for the screen, it's what these men said -- in mundane exchanges and insightful retrospection -- that stirs one most."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"As contrived as its title, Magnificent Desolation has the look and feel of a NASA fundraiser."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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