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The Dish Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's a lovely, original, Australian take on a climactic moment usually thought of as all American.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Dramatically moving and good-naturedly humorous, it transmits a sharp picture of humanity that inspires both awe and laughter.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Apollo 11's mission was a singular chapter in the story of mankind; The Dish finds a whimsical, winning way of telling it anew.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It placed second for the People's Choice Award at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival--after "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." That's about right.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The kind of movie some audiences are starved for, a comedy with a human face, warmth and spirit.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

A heartwarming family movie about the space race.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is brief strong language, social drinking and smoking, and some tension.

  • Families can talk about the decisions that the engineers faced, including the decision to lie to NASA. Was that the right thing to do? Why or why not? What did it mean when Cliff told Glenn that "failure is never quite so frightening as regret?" Was he talking about more than one thing? Watch how the engineers respond to problems. What questions do they ask? How do they evaluate their options? How did Al and the Australians learn to trust each other?

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some tense moments

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Brief strong language

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, smoking