Critic Consensus: Astronaut can't quite escape the gravitational pull of its story's sentimental overtones, but Richard Dreyfuss keeps the film in a pleasantly diverting orbit.
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It's meant to be consumed quickly and easily and the resulting taste is bland.
In the end, only a fraction of McLeod's ambitions sticks a landing. But "Astronaut" stays afloat with sweetness, thanks to a measured performance from Dreyfuss.
It's not entirely believable, but where there's a metaphor there's a way. Old asses put out to pasture. Angus appreciates the symbolism. I bet Dreyfuss does too.
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