Astronaut Farmer

6.31 h 44 min2007X-RayPG
Academy Award® winner Billy Bob Thornton and Academy Award® nominee Virginia Madsen star in this inspiring, uplifting and heart-warming story of one family's quest for the stars.
Michael Polish
Billy Bob ThorntonVirginia MadsenBruce Dern
English [CC]
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Tim Blake NelsonMax ThieriotJon Gries
Paula WeinsteinLen AmatoMark PolishMichael Polish
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4.6 out of 5 stars

916 global ratings

  1. 77% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
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Racheljoy ContiReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Okay, so this movie wasn't exactly what I'd call a bad movie, nor would I describe it being good. It's just a movie. The cast made it look promising despite the cheesy title, but it still fell flat. I watched the whole thing and when it was over I had to wonder if it was worth it or not. I don't know what to do with this movie. I've seen worse movies, but I've seen better and this one doesn't even get 3 stars from me. 1 star for the cast and 1 star for being better than something you'd see on Hallmark.
GdnGalReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
Billy Bob gets it right
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Don't get me wrong - despite his odd personal life I've always admired Thornton's ability as an actor - he is nothing if not talented but this little piece is a diamond in the rough and as Farmer he shines. Virginia Madsen's performance is nuanced and heartfelt. The child actors chosen as their children are each unique and believable - particularly "Shep" - a young man I hope we see more of. Bruce Dern - despite the brevity of his screen time - is his usual charming self. The movie is beautifully cast. The actors chosen to portray the odd lot of townspeople provide full-bodied character development and there's a small part by a big star that does nothing to take away from the rest of the cast. Without giving too much away, the bad guys aren't all that bad, and the good guys aren't perfect. Don't be disillusioned, however. This isn't a cookie cutter "feel-good" flick. The plot is utterly believable, the directing is top notch, and the execution - but for a few missteps - is engaging. It's a kind-hearted, makes-you-want-to-believe movie. I particularly liked a scene where Farmer meets a clip-board toting trespasser in his pasture. Watch for it - it's understated elegance. Here's hoping Thornton sticks to scripts with this kind of humanity instead of wasting his prodigious talents on drivel like Bad Santa.
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Mike SturakReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Out of this world family film
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This is a solid family movie about faith and hope and it was a box office dud. For all the complaining out there about the lack of family values entertainment, exactly how could a movie like this do so poorly? I certainly hope this was a fluke.
No nudity. No real profanity to speak of.
This film features a close knit family, a supportive wife and grand father, two little daughters who love their daddy and also his life long dream to launch into orbit with his own privately built rocket constructed on his Texas ranch.
By the way, this is basically a fantasy but the director evidently does not think so, as you will happily discover if you get a chance to see it)
If you can relate to the concept of unshakable faith in yourself against all odds, and would be willing to let two of the most adorable little daughters this side of Jupiter steal your heart away for 104 minutes, then this movie was made for you.
How so very odd it is to be inspired by the unbelievable. Or maybe not so odd after all?
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GRPReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kind of a sleeper, but good
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This is kind of a unique movie about a farmer who made his own space ship and went into space from his farm. He spent his life trying to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. It's a feel good movie about living out a dream and making it a reality. I liked it.
TomReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie, but with some language.
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This movie would be fantastic, except it has some language. We started it with our children, but stopped it to finish later with just myself and my wife. We enjoyed the film, but (for our family) it wasn't a good fit for family movie night.
Paid For By ChristReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mixed Emotions
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I have mixed emotions about this movie. On the one hand, it is a plot without the slimmest credibility; and frankly, a little hokey. On the other hand, I found myself thinking about 3/4 of the way through the movie, "What a blessed relief this movie is to watch. It is a welcome escape from the violence, sex, lewdness and bad language that is so prolific in today's movies--even children's movies." Overall, I appreciated the message the movie sent to families and children about sticking together and following your dreams even through pain and hardship. Yes, it was presented in a hokey way, but the wholesome message came across loud and clear.
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Corey RomanReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Family friendly, Good clean entertainment.
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When averaging everything out. I give this movie a 4 star rating based on several criteria. first, the story line was a bit cheesy. The movie had an unbelievable kiddish feel to it. The strange feeling that the movie was taking place many years in the past, like an 1980s feel, yet clearly the automobiles were post millennia vehicles. Still, it was such a clean, family friendly, innocently entertaining film that I would say I just have to give it 4 stars because these types of family films just do not exist anymore.
RGSReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Save your money
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It's one of those movies that should have never been made.
Remember the movie " Killer tomatoes ". well this movie is the same . Ridiculous
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