Apollo 13
Apollo 13 (1995)

"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)… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 30, 1995
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.

Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

Tom Hanks is on his way to becoming the American Everyman, an exemplar of boyish goodwill and quiet moral force.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The film succeeds brilliantly at organizing great gobs of information into powerful drama.

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Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times

Ron Howard's pop-entertainment you-are-there space thriller is easily the most rousing film of the year. And it might make real spaceflight just as nifty as Star Wars for youngsters.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Hanks is a terrific choice for the lead because he can appear strong and military without slipping over into Sgt. Rock corniness.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Partially filmed in genuine weightless conditions, Ron Howard's movie is a technical tour de force.

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Joe Brown
Washington Post

Even if you know how it all turned out (and you should), this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Apollo 13, one of the most exciting adventure movies of the year, proves that science history can be just as thrilling as science fiction.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

This stuff works so well because the production is so convincing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
They got everything right with this one. Ron Howard's masterpiece.
Adriel Lim
Dramatically stunning, and at times at the profound level, Apollo 13 is a magnificent retelling of the doomed Apollo space mission. It succeeds in fleshing out… More
Christian C
This is the bast space-themed movie ever. I had no idea of the true-life drama that went on during the space program but director Ron Howard presents it… More
Jim Careter
Apollo 13 is a incredible, beautiful, and truthful adventure film that shows that Ron Howard is one of the best Directors in Hollywood. The4 story is true and… More
Jens S.
To make a compelling and enthralling film about an event the outcome of which is pretty well known is not exactly easy. It does help, of course, if you can rely… More
shahmeer hashmat
My consensus on Apollo 13 is really easy to confirm; it was great. It was near amazing, and nothing close to bad, it was just great. It had problems here and… More