Sputnik Mania
Sputnik Mania (2007)

Fifty years after the Soviet Union made history by launching Sputnik into space, the reverberations of that historical event are still echoing around the world. Produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of this defining moment in human… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: January 20, 2009
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring riveting footage, Sputnik Mania is an informative, well-made piece that effectively captures the mood during the height of the Cold War.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Sputnik Mania plays, discreetly, like a negative love story between superpowers. Sure they moved on to other enemies, but they still haven't gotten over each other.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The archival footage here is great, and the cosmos-conquering craziness will satisfy space-race nuts. But the small budget is obvious, so director David Hoffman couldn't go from the Earth to the moon on every detail.

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Harvey S. Karten

The sharply edited film, which includes (happily) just a few talking heads but mostly exciting archival celluloid and campy stock is a love letter to Ike Eisenhower.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Hoffman manages to keep the tone light -- even H-bomb paranoia gets a breezy treatment -- though most of his filmmaking choices range from banal to boneheaded.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

David Hoffman's documentary Sputnik Mania is an account of that Soviet satellite's effect on the American consciousness.

Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director David Hoffman marshals his information into an absorbing story, adroitly narrated by Liev Schreiber, that captures the fears and the hopes of the dawn of the Space Age.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

For those too young to remember, Sputnik Mania documents the fear and anxiety that gripped the United States half a century ago when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite in October 1957.

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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter

Clips from old television broadcasts make this space documentary entertaining.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The enlightening Sputnik Mania looks at the late '50s, a time that was dominated by Cold War hysteria.

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"Sputnik Mania" is a compelling documentary about the events following the launch of the first artificial satellite on October 4, 1957. It would have… More

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