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Hubble Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Variety Justin Chang

    This educational eye-popper should prove an excellent draw for science lovers of all ages.

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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Awesome documentary.

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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Computer travel may not be the real thing, but IMAX makes this an astonishing trip all the same.

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  • 100

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film, narrated ably by Leonardo DiCaprio, who seems to share the audience's amazement at what is appearing onscreen, is over too quickly in a mere 43 minutes. So line up and see it again.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A movie like this can get you thinking.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Space lands on Earth in 3-D glory in this kid-friendly docu.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary about NASA’s final shuttle expedition to repair a broken part of the Hubble telescope is an educational goldmine offering facts about space and a bounty of images of distant galaxies caught by the instrument. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this excursion into space via 3-D IMAX technology. Due to the 3-D effects, younger kids might find the viewing experience slightly unsettling and might need help adjusting to the special viewing glasses.

  • Families can talk about what it must be like for the astronauts who journey into space. What drives them to sign up for such an adventure, and how difficult do you think it is to perform such mundane tasks as removing bolts amid the splendor of the universe?
  • How did the 3-D effects change the viewing experience? Do you think it was improved, or was it too distracting? Did you experience any strange physical effects from the 3-D?
  • Why were scientists determined to make it out to Hubble one more time?Does it seem like a worthy endeavor?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The film emphasizes the importance of scientific discovery, especially the work of the Hubble telescope. Running through the whole movie is a sense of reverence for the universe and all its mysteries.

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    Role models: Everyone depicted in the film, from the astronauts to the NASA employees who prep them, and the filmmakers, too, seem excited for their project. Their love of what they do is palpable.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: One use of the word “damn.”

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue