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Ad Astra

Ad Astra

2019
Drama
Sci-fi
2h 3m
An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.
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Ad Astra

2019
Drama
Sci-fi
2h 3m
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Avg Percentile 47.6% from 2146 total ratings

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Rated 24 Sep 2019
50
44th
2001 meets THE TREE OF LIFE with a touch of SOLARIS-style space madness thrown in. Filmed with appealing impressionistic minimalism and reaches for cinematic poetry but the theme of men's work as a striving for the infinite that distances them from those around them suffers from pulling its punches: a voiceover that is too literal (compared to Malick) and drama that is too human-centred (compared to Kubrick). Pirates and apes to wake up the audience but the final act is distinctly underwhelming.
Rated 20 Sep 2019
20
12th
This is the kind of film where you have to apologize to everyone you convinced to watch it with you.
Rated 30 Jun 2020
85
63rd
Seldom has resolving daddy issues been so hypnotically soothing.
Rated 18 Mar 2020
74
48th
Every part of "Ad Astra" has been lifted from other, classic sci-fi films, from the visual aesthetics, to the themes, to the design. Yet it never quite misuses, or feels plagiaristic in its intent. It's more a well made, sincere homage to 2001 and the like, which in the age of sequels, remakes, and reboots, is a kind of originality all its own.
Rated 18 Nov 2019
50
21st
!!!Heavy Spoilers!!! ahead: I don't want to watch a man travel across the galaxy just to have him literally tethered to his father and have to cut the cord to let him go both physically and emotionally. On a scale of one to on the nose, I rank that a naming your fictional character whose profession is stripping "Twerkalina."
Rated 24 Sep 2019
50
33rd
A guy, who clearly fancies himself a new Terrence Mallick sets out to direct a script more suited for Michael Bay in the 90s, and is carried by the sheer will of every creative department attached to the film. Too little humanity to be poignant. Too few rabid space monkeys to be funny, and pulled further down by the most infuriatingly annoying VO this side of the theatrical release of Blade Runner, who's sequel this could have learned a thing or two from.
Rated 22 Sep 2019
81
73rd
A fantastically poetic and moving science-fiction film, the many thematic layers of Ad Astra tell of absentee father-son and human-divine relationships, guided by some of the best direction in the genre of recent memory from James Gray and a beautifully subtle performance from Brad Pitt. It does move slowly, so I cannot universally recommend it; however, if a thoughtful slow burn is your thing, Ad Astra will not disappoint you.
Rated 29 Mar 2020
90
63rd
Having no high expectations going in, I thought this was pretty good. It isn't too similar to other sci/fi movies you see nowadays and in some ways is a great homage to classic space cinema. Parts of it reminded me of 2001, one of my top ten movies. Brad Pitt brings the lead character to life perfectly and even brings out some genuine emotion toward the end. There is also some really good directing in here, and I even thought the moon cars and space needle were cool. All in all, this is solid!
Rated 03 Dec 2019
59
31st
I went into this knowing little, but expecting at least some interesting exploration of sci-fi ideas. I was disappointed that there were no such ideas at all. It's not terrible as a sort of tone poem, but that kind of movie is just not my bag, baby. Also, when you're going for this kind of minimalism, you're doing yourself a disservice by having so much of the themes just expressed directly through dialogue ("Just let go") or, even worse, narration.
Rated 20 Sep 2019
92
93rd
The opening sequence sets the thematic tone for the film: star man falls to earth. There is something dangerous and even unsettling about such a fall, and the film traces this journey in McBride's character. Gray makes movies about our encounters with "others" and the humanizing results of said encounters. The film looks magnificent and the space setting works well for his contemplative purposes. The final result is exceedingly well done, a striking film from a too little known filmmaker.
Rated 21 Sep 2019
50
30th
Reminds me of one of my first sessions in D&D as a GM when I was hangover, didn't really prepare, was overeager to push quests down players throats before they even started searching for them and everything randomly lead to kinda meh ending I made up on the go. But even then I was reasonable enough not to attack main characters with angry Norwegian space baboons.
Rated 22 Sep 2019
69
57th
Fucking voiceovers.
Rated 28 Sep 2019
70
53rd
Never as thrilling as Gravity or as breathtaking as the moon landing in First Man, Ad Astra is yet unique in its genre. The near-future space travel, the moon rover chase, and the deep space mayday call are superb - creative and engaging - and the visuals are consistently excellent. However, the daddy issues are flaccid, the philosophy melts more than it waxes, and the ending is a complete misfire. Could have been more had it aimed for less. It ends up feeling overlong and uneven.
Rated 01 Oct 2019
6
43rd
The at times brooding, at times exciting, but always compelling premise of space/self-exploration, combined with the appreciably contemplative pace, breathtaking atmosphere/visuals (heh), and solid central performance could've made this a mesmerizing experience if it wasn't for the ultimately underwhelming and sometimes cliche voice-over ruminations, climactic encounter, and main character arc (the initially reserved and enigmatic Roy feels more like the typical generic leading man by the end).
Rated 23 Sep 2019
83
82nd
Often brutally depressing, Ad Astra dives deep into the mythos made famous by Heart of Darkness. The burden and sacrifice that explorers must shoulder is immense. The possibility that nothing on the frontier is as great as what is at home is haunting. Here, that struggle is put to a stunning score and gorgeous photography.
Rated 25 Sep 2019
40
15th
Gray tries to take a shortcut and instill pretense where there is none with blase voice overs and nostalgia montages. i can understand the idea behind a drama about existential crisis and meaning of parenthood but why and how does space fit into this? Gray could have told the exact same story in a Western setting since he didn't do his homework on space mechanics. i.e, how the fuck can you just board a fucking space rocket while it's literally launching? it's just plain stupid and lazy.
Rated 28 Sep 2019
55
46th
Ad Astra gets interrupted by two worse movies called "Moon Pirates" and "Killer Space Monkeys" smack in the middle of the runtime. We get a couple cameos by Donald Sutherland and Liv Tyler for some reason. Also, the voiceover is not a strength of this movie. This film was very interesting, but it's getting pulled in a million different directions and as a result is super messy, but goddamn does it look good.
Rated 24 Sep 2019
75
45th
[IMAX viewing] I admired this movie more than I liked it. I was never bored, but never transported either. The script feels confused and overly "sequenced". The mix of contemplative voice-over with more traditional "plotty" space action hinders immersion in either. Never felt that invested in the themes of father/son which also muted the emotional force of the movie. Brad Pitt does a good job carrying the movie. The cinematography and score is ace. Wish I liked and felt it more.
Rated 19 Sep 2019
69
73rd
A Michael Bay story wrapped in Tarkovsky paper.
Rated 05 May 2020
80
77th
It's not about daddy-issues you planks. AA does in part revolve around explorers and pioneers, but deeply it feels religious. Chasing an absent Divinity as Father may distract from what is not absent. Divinity as Purpose can vanish like fools' gold, and Divinity as Others is empty. Slow, meditative, and a little scary in its extreme solitude. Yeh, could have done without the monkeys, pirates and voiceovers.
Rated 24 Sep 2019
80
67th
Very thoughtful/meditative, touching, sad and optimistic all at the same time. Pitt puts in very serious--yet nuanced--work here that pays off. The music fits the thoughtful tone. Gray shows once again that he definitely knows how to direct the shit out of a movie. Could have been a lot more boring than it was, but there's real heart here in how it tackles the parent/child relationship.
Rated 23 Sep 2019
75
63rd
Ad Astra, 7.5/10. They didn't cluster fuck the ending,but I'm not sure it met the quality and tone of the first 80%,which I really enjoyed the tone of. It is glacial scifi. It's almost like they should have gone bigger and wilder in the last 10 mins though. It's very monologue heavy, which I think is to it's detriment. I don't need everything spelled out explicitly. Space porn is 10/10 . It looks fantastic,highest quality production values and VFX.
Rated 07 Oct 2019
62
42nd
Ad Astra is a voyage worth taking once. Pitt is as strong as ever, and it Wow's with gorgeous cinematography. But when all is said, and said again, and said louder for those in the back, and said one last time for anyone who came in late, and now, finally definitively said and done, there's not much more than one actors grand performance to keep you coming back. Ad Astra simply boxes in its own ideas, suffocating them by over-stressing them.
Rated 17 Jun 2020
50
35th
It looks amazing throughout, but the voice over is annoying. While the first half was done very well, I never felt any of the emotion the movie was trying to get across and the philosophical aspect didn't work for me either.
Rated 13 May 2021
71
62nd
"And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space, 'cause there's bugger-all down here on Earth." - Tommy Lee Jones. Sure it's Apocalypse Now IN SPACE, but to what end? Just rehash the same old father-son-as-metaphor-for-god-and-man? It looks gorgeous and I like that it takes its time (baboons or not), but ultimately a movie this heavy with Meaning should leave its audience with more than nice visuals and a comforting moral.
Rated 30 Sep 2019
75
65th
If Terrence Malick made actual movies instead of pretentious garbage, this seems like it would be the kind of thing he would come out with. The droning and monotonous Malick-esque voice over alone makes Ad Astra feel an hour longer than it actually is. I liked this - it's actually beautiful. But it's far from perfect, and too often feels more like an echo of greater films, like Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 or - I'm sorry - Danny Boyle's Sunshine.
Rated 25 Dec 2019
52
19th
Emo astronaut Brad Pitt goes to Neptune to discover the true meaning of marriage. He should have stayed home and so should you.
Rated 31 Jan 2020
45
8th
Glacially-paced sci-fi offers Pitt an opportunity to play very low-key (so much so we miss his movie-star charisma) but the film neither has the ideas ("my Daddy didn't love me!") nor the epic scope to warrant the patience required to be immersed in this. Some striking moments and imagery contrast with unforgivably goofy ones (the monkey attack (!)) - allusions to APOCALYPSE NOW (Pitt's labored narration) and 2001 are more hopeful than successful.
Rated 12 Dec 2019
65
76th
I get that why it will lose most of it's audience. And middle portion of the movie is a filler. Yet it resonated with me due to showcasing how almost psychopathic and obsessive pursuit exploration is when contrasted with chestthumping billionaires that will try to sell you a dream they make no sacrifices for.
Rated 12 Dec 2019
64
51st
Ad Astra falls squarely into the human-focused reflective sphere of the sci-fi genre. The cinematography is gorgeous. The central themes of faith and the importance of human connection are present, albeit unsubtle. Unfortunately, the film is slow and without a rewarding payoff. The sound design used to keep you on edge goes too far, becoming numbing. Pitt's narration lies between art-house and fragrance ad, but is undeniably pretentious. Ultimately despite some intrigue, I didn't enjoy the film.
Rated 25 Dec 2019
15
1st
Solid opening scene and acting. It’s got like three memorable scenes, but two of them require some suspension of disbelief. The plot, characters and pacing are all far from what I’d want. Someone said if you liked “2001” you’ll like this, but I thought 2001 was a far better film that was ahead of its time. Ad Astra would’ve flopped and been forgotten without Pitt’s name attached to it.
Rated 18 Sep 2019
40
32nd
Soooooooooo, blankets and pillows are still priced in dollars instead of sats, and you can use duct tape to protect your face during a spacewalk? weird flex, but ok. other than that, feels like an ultra sterile attempt at a bastard cross between Apocalypse Now, Armageddon, and the Passion of Christ. Not sure about the Christ bit, it's a work in progress, cut me some slack.
Rated 16 Jan 2020
74
34th
This is a slow, dull space fable about (I think) the need for a guy to open up emotionally and deal with his daddy issues. Just because its slow Sci-Fi, you don't get extra Art points like you're making Solaris.
Rated 25 Sep 2019
67
39th
I feel like this movie is similar in some ways to Blade Runner, so if you love that movie, you may like this as well. Great visuals and sound, lots of worldbuilding, but a slow and introspective story. In some ways I understand the reasons for this, but I didn't really enjoy this movie or Blade Runner. They feel quite a bit too slow, and the story and characters are not quite interesting enough to hold my attention through the slow story, nor does it all feel worth it in the end.
Rated 24 Sep 2019
35
20th
It's like Brad Pitt read an intimate post-film school script, and decided to make it his Oscar winner. Then Hollywood producers added action sequences, CGI animals, and the most ridiculous voice over since the theatrical release of 'Blade Runner'. This father/son parable is incoherent and pointless, but to its credit Brad Pitt is really good.
Rated 24 Sep 2019
60
17th
As poetic this might have felt, it lacks depth with the character's story becoming hollow throughout. There's a few moments that draw a wonderful aesthetic and connects similar to Blade Runner 2049, it's just not completely unique in its existentialism that pulls from previous works.
Rated 24 Sep 2019
86
94th
James Gray manages to craft a movie that is seemingly full of contradictions: it's about exploration and the search for new life, but also about solitude and isolation, it's both blockbuster sci-fi action and deeply personal character study, both deeply depressing and unexpectedly hopeful. Somehow it all fits together and offers a compelling journey into the heart of darkness of space.
Rated 24 Sep 2019
79
81st
At its best, Ad Astra is a thoughtful and masterfully directed visual spectacle anchored by a great performance by Pitt. There’s tons of awesome and memorable imagery and, surprisingly, a handful of really great action setpieces. The back half didn’t work quite as well for me as the front, and I was strongly not a fan of the hand-holding narration. Largely loved this, though.
Rated 20 Sep 2019
70
46th
And now...PITT'S! IN! SPAAAAAAAAACE!
Rated 20 Sep 2019
80
88th
Soaring through majestic visuals but grounded in a tried and true emotional core. It's a treat, even if it can be slow at times.
Rated 20 Sep 2019
22
14th
The setting is interesting but goddamn is this a snooze fest. There's barely any plot for most of the run time and the acting is constantly this low, monotone hush that Hollywood seems to love these days for their "epic," serious dramas. Otherwise the cinematography is mostly bland and uninteresting, the writing is rote dramatic garbage, and it betrays its sci-fi labeling by not displaying any real exploration of technology. It's a pretty good sleeping pill, I'll give it that.
Rated 21 Sep 2019
67
31st
The set piece on the moon is cool and the 70+ day montage super cool, but otherwise - vague characterizations leave the intended emotional effect noticeably hollow. Overall, a perfectly forgettable experience. Why are Donald Sutherland and Liv Tyler in this movie?
Rated 28 Jan 2020
4
33rd
All foreplay and no climax.
Rated 21 Sep 2019
76
81st
More poetry than science. An ambitious film. Majestic visuals with a tense and engaging (though simplistic) plot throughout. A nice meditative experience, only let down by a premise that was ultimately too simple and some jarring plot inconsistencies. I very much enjoyed watching this on the big screen. The fact that I'm rating it this high, despite the simple plot and some borderline inexcusable scientific inaccuracies, says a lot about how well executed the other aspects of this film are.
Rated 06 Dec 2019
50
39th
I really love space sci-fi movies. This is not one of them. Maybe it's a movie for cinema art lovers. Not for me, for sure, but someone may find something to enjoy in this film.
Rated 11 Dec 2019
25
12th
A recycling bin of all the silliest sci-fi and action-flick cliches, with gratuitous zero-G fights, gag-inducing melodrama and that laughable brooding voice-over narration you'd totally expect it to have. I didn't think James Gray had room for any more nails in his coffin as an artist and yet here we are, watching his worst film yet.
Rated 14 Feb 2020
20
3rd
Just when you think a sci-fi movie is going to be reasonably believable, (unlike Gravity, for eg), along comes this festering pile of putrescence to dispel THAT idea. OK, its concept is pretty far fetched, but the space monkeys, Mad max sequence and shoot outs, intersellar space ships that can land on planets, ships you can access at time of launch through a convenient airlock, and the ability to propel yourself back home from Neptune by nothing more than an atomic blast is just plain STUPID.
Rated 29 Sep 2019
90
87th
This is an odd film very clearly modeled on "Heart of Darkness" via "Apocalypse Now". Pitt encounters action sequences involving moon pirates and space apes, before encountering a much more internal conflict in orbit around Neptune. (In that sense, "2001" is also brought to mind.)
Rated 10 Jan 2020
84
89th
Amazing. Beautiful visuals, great soundtrack, interesting characters and with a nice message. Good pacing and never predictable. I especially liked the flashbacks and voice overs and I appreciate the risks that the makers of this film took. Stands out from other space flicks like Gravity, The Martian and Sunshine. Highly recommended!
Rated 02 Oct 2019
80
70th
The serious Kubrickian, "2001" vibes had me hooked from the opening frames. You need the perfect performer to pull off such heavy exposition, especially given that most of it is internal dialogue. Pitt, luckily, was that performer, with two other tremendous talents to play off of in Sutherland and Jones. Spectacular direction, even though the ending feels a little rushed, and there are certain Sci-Fi clichés that maybe could have been left to the side. Plus, rabid space monkeys. There's that.
Rated 10 Dec 2019
60
15th
Really bizarre choices dragged this movie down. The moon attack, monkeys, awful vocieover, lackluster ending and story. Very pretty to look at and at times seemed like it was getting there but man what a disappointment.
Rated 09 Oct 2019
50
29th
The trailer sold me and I like the slow pacing. Pitt does what he can - in fact, he's quite good. As expected, HVH's picture perfect lensing makes the film look like a million bucks. (Well... you know... it looks great.) But sadly, the film doesn't work. Even more unforgivable than the unnecessary and highly distracting voice-over (and this is saying a good deal, mind you) is the implausibility of a number of situations and the lack of anything resembling a climax or a point worth caring about.
Rated 18 Oct 2019
60
62nd
Great effects but not much else. Like an Apocalypse Now in space only no where near as interesting.
Rated 25 Dec 2019
60
49th
It was beautiful but overall lacking. Tommy Lee Jones' role was basically an afterthought. It seems like every film Liv Tyler is in, she is this ephemeral character, does she really exist?
Rated 12 Jun 2020
4
74th
As an arthouse disaster film, this is unique and enthralling. As a drama, its metaphors about the protagonist's emotional awakening are so literal that they're hardly metaphors at all. The general sentiments are fine: commercial and militarized space travel, sins of the father, collateral damage of a transcendental obsession. But the utter banality of Pitt's hushed inner monologue is in such gratuitously poor taste that it prevents this from very well being a masterpiece.
Rated 09 Jan 2020
78
87th
There are dozens of space movies, but this one is different. The focus is not on space itself, it's on the characters and their reflection on each other. While the space setting provides amazing scenes, Brad Pitt holds great monologues that are underlined by an atmospheric and fitting soundtrack. The movie also provides many new ideas like the car chase scene. What makes this movie truly special is the story between father and son. Both not able to let go. Chasing one while leaving another.
Rated 11 Dec 2019
75
68th
The science in this movie isn't much more than a MacGuffin to drive the narrative forward. It's more about the main character's journey into the far reaches of space to meet his father and how those things affect him psychologically, and Brad Pitt essays that nicely with a career best performance. That said the production and sound design, cinematography and music are all superb, so if you can gloss over the questionable science there's a beautiful and lyrical human drama to envelop yourself in.
Rated 04 Dec 2019
50
27th
Space-emo: the total package including color desaturated flashbacks, somber, raspy voice-over AND! .. and this is a big one to check off: the ending-still where all sound fx and music are mute and the motto is whispered by a character, then off to end titles. Pompous!
Rated 24 Dec 2019
40
37th
I don't get the love for this one. Heart of Darkness in space, but the space parts don't make any sense. Made me laugh how a film so full of itself in its serious approach to sci-fi could make so many comically bad errors that made it hard for me to get drawn in. Apocalypse Now and Event Horizon both do the premise better, in my opinion
Rated 16 Nov 2019
30
3rd
Why is it so full of bullshit nonesensical voiceovers about character I dont't care about, if not for pretty picture and my love for space and sci-fi in general I probably couldn't even finish this pretentious filler
Rated 10 Dec 2019
75
28th
It is not making sense. Beutiful camera, but illogical story.
Rated 05 Dec 2019
38
15th
Complete disregard of basic physics. Story makes no sense. Brad Pitts shows no emotion whatsoever. I struggled to continue watching to the end. Beautiful images but that's pretty much the only positive aspect of the movie. I had high hopes but was very disappointed.
Rated 31 Dec 2019
55
12th
Looks nice, although the voiceover is weak and the plot is derivative. Many of the scenes are completely pointless
Rated 15 Dec 2019
65
60th
At some point in its development it was compromised by studio interference, but like all of Gray's work, it has 3rd act problems, and it's difficult to shake the feeling that it's a simple story about estanged fathers given a deluxe treatment via an elaborate space setting when it could have just been set in an office or on a construction site. Gray/Hoytema's visuals are commendable though, and the film works best as a reflective mood piece when it isn't being sidetracked by action set pieces.
Rated 17 Dec 2019
65
59th
Technically it is stunning, but as a whole it is not. It just went here and there, couldn't find its feet. Looked amazing ok, but what else did you offer is the question.
Rated 10 Feb 2020
60
55th
Really poorly marketed. Great first half, meandering and pointless second half. Three immaculate sequences carry it to over 50.
Rated 09 Nov 2019
70
54th
The anti space space movie
Rated 21 Sep 2019
64
44th
Nothing we haven't seen before.
Rated 18 Dec 2019
86
94th
Dammit, everybody took all the good "-AD" puns already!
Rated 29 Nov 2019
60
17th
Two or three moments of cinematic excellence aren't enough to make up for a lackluster script and ultimately forgettable narrative. It's worth seeing for those moments, I guess.
Rated 26 Mar 2020
80
86th
Emotion is a powerful tool. At first, Brad Pitt didn't seem appropriate for the role, but boy was I wrong. I still think he is one of the most underrated actors out there (maybe not any more with his Oscar win). His emotional performance, particularly the scene in which he shares with Tommy Lee Jones, is so amazing it adds a very nice icing on an already rich cake. The film is also very well directed technically, with the action sequence in the dead silence of space being another highlight.
Rated 03 Dec 2019
40
11th
Really did not enjoy this at all. There were some very artful shots but the plot was ham-fisted and the characters thin.
Rated 23 Sep 2019
85
75th
One of the best sci-fi movies in a while - it looks and sounds amazing, Pitt’s performance is superb, and the emotional journey is fantastically-implemented. Some flaws, such as Liv Tyler’s character being severely underused and physics so wonky even someone like me who truly doesn’t care about that shit noticed, but mostly it left me truly gripped and incredibly emotional. Would be much better without the last five minutes, though - what suit felt they were necessary?
Rated 16 Oct 2019
50
16th
Brad travels all the way to Neptune to discover that there is barely any plot to be found among the stars. Despite excruciating attempts to sound profound, his monologues end up hollow. Worth a watch for the visuals, but that's about it.
Rated 09 Dec 2019
54
24th
Gravity meets Apocalypse Now. Despite frequently stellar visuals, AA suffers a lot by frequently failing to live up to it's own ambitions. Most of the action scenes are unnecessary and jarringly farcical putting them at odds with what is otherwise quite a brooding slow paced observation of a successful astronaut with intense daddy issues. The constant inner monologue is irritating rather than informative and I really could have done without them spelling out the need to 'let go' in the climax.
Rated 21 Sep 2019
75
75th
The Space Beyond the Pines™
Rated 09 May 2020
68
68th
Great first half and a strong performance from Pitt in the lead. Second haft can't live up to the beginning, primarily due to the lack of emotional impact what so ever.
Rated 18 Jan 2020
73
52nd
The drop in pacing near the end is not helping, as the rest is not really that fast either. Otherwise good.
Rated 23 Sep 2019
5
32nd
Engaging for much of its length with solid work by Brad Pitt (although he struggles to sell some of the sub-Malick voiceover nonsense) and plenty of staggering visuals. Loses its way, big time, in the final third and features a shockingly lame performance by Tommy Lee Jones. Worth a watch, but I left disappointed.
Rated 26 Sep 2019
90
89th
Wonderfully aesthetic film with couple of unnecessary action scenes, presumably for larger audience attraction, and couple of unbelievable events, but under the line a very quality film. I see Tommy Lee as humanity today or near future, humanity of false hope and not being able to face the truth, Pitt, the future, the son, content and restful of the cruel nature of humanity's existence. After the journey of course. American movie of course needs nukes. Shame.
Rated 27 Sep 2019
84
86th
Look, the plot was just absurd at times. That much is indisputable. But the imagination that went into this movie can't be understated. For a movie as grand in ambition and scale, it really was executed pretty well. If you like space, the visuals will mesmerize you. If you don't like space, you'll find a terrific adventure movie. See this in IMAX if possible.
Rated 29 Sep 2019
91
78th
It's a story being told over a great length of time. Definitely more of a thinker than I expected. Pitt is amazing. The story is full of parallels and keeps you interested. Visually magnificent.
Rated 30 Sep 2019
93
87th
I find a lot of this film's criticisms disheartening, and I can't tell if these vapid, surface-level criticisms have always existed and I'm just growing sick of seeing surface-level digressions everywhere in life, or if it truly is a newer phenomenon. Arguments against the methodical pacing or Pitt's reserved characterization or the misinformed science. Like, what? This is a common thread I'm seeing with all art lately: it's no longer about the emotionality, it's about what "it should be."
Rated 21 Jan 2020
7
84th
A dreamy journey into the disquieting but promising unknown that balances somehow being cerebral but thrilling all at once in its best stretches. Definitely made me think a bit of both Apocalypse Now in its narrative structure and 2001 in its look and tone. I’m not the sure the ending fully resolved the mystery and promise of its early acts but it’s still a very interesting journey worth taking.
Rated 01 Oct 2019
1
11th
At some point I just feel asleep, along with the majority of cinema. Quite promising start that quickly devolves and releases viewers attention.
Rated 13 Dec 2019
40
11th
They hAD ASTRA but gave nothing...
Rated 26 Jan 2020
61
31st
*extended baboon screams*
Rated 11 Jan 2020
60
62nd
Too many space tropes for me: loneliness, human connection, explosions, technology gone wrong, lab animals, discovering missing people, using nukes to launch yourself, etc. Very good sound mixing. Space war with pirates was kind of silly. Score bumped up since I like space films. Fav scene: intro with everyone falling down.
Rated 05 Jan 2020
2
17th
like any insufferably self-serious filmmaker with a growing budget, it's inevitable that gray would look to kubrick just incase one white elephant (his beloved coppola) isn't enough. of course, for all their egotism those guys usually had respect for their audience, a trait which eludes AD ASTRA as it carefully steers us through its totally-profound-and-not-hackneyed-at-all unifying metaphor with an endless barrage of laughable verbal, visual and narrative cues.
Rated 08 Jun 2020
30
34th
Somewhere underneath the lousy writing and the embarrassingly bad acting (Brad Pitt cannot fucking act) exists a very good concept for film. While visually the film is impressive at times, it's just not enough to compensate for the shit acting and the subpar writing. It's too bad. The film's story explores new territory in a way that I haven't seen before, but there's just no substance. It's an odd juxtaposition between what it aims for, figuratively and literally, and what it actually achieves.
Rated 08 Oct 2019
75
51st
I liked what it set out to do, but it did it so clumsily
Rated 03 Jan 2020
5
2nd
Maybe if I hated my dad I would have liked this movie. Some of the best CGI to ever exist in film and well staged shots in a movie with characters and a story that have little to get emotionally attached to. The movie moves forward in a quick, brisk pace; not spending time on reflection or caring about any sort of character growth or impact. Which is weird for a character study film. I wanted it to end way before the credits rolled
Rated 09 May 2020
49
50th
I wonder how much of this film was achieved in post-production because while the editing, effects, and direction are all fantastic, the story is kind of a mess. It's thematically confused at best as most, if not all, of the legwork comes from the intrusive voice-overs. Despite these voice-overs to mindlessly explain the themes, no such care is given to the plot which meanders and under-explains nearly everything this film asks you to believe.
Rated 06 Nov 2019
75
51st
James Gray NEARLY does it for me, and I was excited to see if a larger budget and genre filmmaking would elevate his work -- and it does, just a bit. This journey is straight-forward and linear, not even overly revelatory, but it's immersive in portraying this epic space travel as this gives our main man time to ruminate on father-son relationships and mankind's destiny that interrupts that (which concludes with not the cheeriest closure). Overblown blockbuster moments bring it down, though.
Rated 01 May 2020
74
37th
This movie is visually stunning, but ultimately leaves you wanting something more. More of climax, more plot, maybe less Brad Pitt.... It's good but not great.
Rated 02 Feb 2020
50
28th
The fight of a man that was abandoned by his father, a hero for the rest of the world, to be over it. Mostly no sci-fi (it's actually irrelevant to the story, just an exotic background) and for my taste at least too many (bad) offs, to many unnecessary things that could be masked as visual poetry and deep thinking but feel totally empty. I found it far too long, slow, boring and vacuous, though technically it's quite beautiful to watch and listen.
Rated 23 Sep 2019
85
76th
There is just something about space movies like this and Interstellar that really draw me in. At times Ad Astra can be rather heavy handed, but the visuals are arresting enough that the heavy handedness can be overlooked. I really liked the decision to not muddle the focus and keep it squarely on Brad Pitt. If he gets an Oscar nomination for this performance I wouldn't be upset in the slightest.
Rated 29 Sep 2019
68
72nd
good movie
Rated 08 Oct 2019
72
36th
Meaningful, visually gripping, and atmospheric. But it also includes execution miscues, some oddly unique melodrama, and an inexplicable hollowness.
Rated 15 Jan 2020
8
63rd
I really, really loved this movie, but it's definitely not for everyone. The slow burn is a brilliant conscious choice, but I can see that being a huge turn-off for anyone going into this expecting it to be bigger and more epic than it is. It's actually a very simple story, encased in a gorgeous presentation of outstanding visual and sound work. Think 2001: A Space Odyssey, rather than Gravity.

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