The Astronaut Farmer
The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Astronaut Farmer is a charming, inspirational drama that successfully avoids modern cinematic cliches while appealing to the optimistic dreamer in all of us.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Fueled by a decidedly American formula of can-do crazy, The Astronaut Farmer feels, for all its libertarianism, a little lost in space.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Self-fondling Americana

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Too odd for a studio movie, too cornpone for the independent scene, The Astronaut Farmer

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Brandon Fibbs

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
The first ten minutes were the most tedious I've spend in ages. Is Billy Bob Thornton betting on his appeal to carry a movie, because I think that… More
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Kevin M. Williams
A Texas rancher (and former Air Force pilot) decides to build a rocket in his backyard. Everyone's against the very idea ... except his family, and… More
Brian De Guelle
It's a nice feel good movie here,a great sunday afternoon flick we some nice performances from the cast.worth checking out if your feeling down.
Alex roy
The Astronaut Farmer is the fictional story of a former NASA astronaut who builds his own rocket to travel in space. The film follows the same feel good formula… More
Randy Tippy
This film would have benefited from a competent technical adviser.