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The Aeronauts Reviews

December 10, 2019
Yes, women belong in balloons. They also belong in good movies, and it's a shame this isn't one.
December 10, 2019
While at times the film does reach great heights, a certain indecisiveness about what exactly it is, The Aeronauts often finds itself adrift in the moments it gets off the ground at all.
December 6, 2019
Dull, plodding, and formulaic.
December 6, 2019
...if you're a grown woman watching The Aeronauts, you may feel-as feisty as Jones' performance is-that you're being talked down to. It's as if women don't have enough adventure stories of our own.
December 6, 2019
I can't resist: this movie never gets off the ground.
December 6, 2019
An adventure drama that feels purposefully (if somewhat wonkily) built for prestige-season acclaim.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 6, 2019
The thrill of The Aeronauts lies in its death-defying stunts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2019
As the balloon rises, the film does too. Not because it achieves the kind of splendor it seems to seeking, exactly, but because it grows simpler and even sillier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
December 6, 2019
I won't make great claims for "The Aeronauts" as a drama about a pioneering meteorologist, but as a thrill ride, it's certainly effective...
December 5, 2019
Breathless adventure and fully committed performances from Redmayne and Jones as Victorian-era balloonists can't compensate for the fictions that fill this fact-based story with hot air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2019
The balloon goes up, but the drama does not fly.
December 5, 2019
A heavier-than-air adventure, set in Victorian England, that seldom rises above the level of elegant hokum.
Top Critic
December 5, 2019
Both a spectacle in the air and an intimate drama about a relationship that grows under daunting conditions, The Aeronauts grows on you, but all attempts at character development are communicated through a series of annoying flashbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2019
The Aeronauts never really feels genuinely magical despite its welcome celebration of scientific discovery, and the dialogue is uninspired.
December 5, 2019
It's a pretty picture and a sweet adventure, and sometimes that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2019
Equal parts dizzying and dippy, "The Aeronauts" is family entertainment at its most charming and chaste.
December 4, 2019
It's all CGI smoke and mirrors, but the illusion holds; at times, you grip your seat for fear of falling out and down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 4, 2019
Captures the danger and beauty of James Glaisher's real-life 1862 balloon flight, but the script by Jack Thorne weighs down Redmayne and Jones with too many fictionalized elements for the film's sense of inspiration and empowerment to get off the ground.
December 4, 2019
The character beats the script hits all feel so perfunctory and predictable, and though the story is wrapped around a novel idea, it's rather a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 4, 2019
The actually real Glaisher was joined by a guy named Henry Tracey Coxwell, who writer Jack Thorne has unceremoniously scrubbed from history to satisfy a politically correct agenda. Coxwell has been he-rased.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 4, 2019
Though filled with CGI effects creating arguably the most impressive hot-air balloon sequences ever... "The Aeronauts" has a distinctly old-fashioned, Saturday afternoon movie vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2019
The result is one of Jones' best showcases, and she's had lots of good ones...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2019
Overall, this is a well-acted peek back in history to an era when scientific and engineering techniques currently taken for granted were in their pioneering stages, impelled forward by humanity's insatiable desire to explore and conquer new vistas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2019
This one is, at moments, exhilarating - but not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 1, 2019
On the whole, The Aeronauts is a pretty good small-scale adventure movie. It's also a pretty dull everything-else, the unceasing flashbacks providing multiple instances where telling might have been preferable to showing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 29, 2019
The closer "The Aeronauts" gets to peak silliness, the more beautiful it becomes.
November 8, 2019
It's not rocket science but it's jolly pleasant to go with the flow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2019
Jones, however, is The Aeronauts' secret weapon. From Rogue One to On the Basis of Sex, she's developed a knack for delivering mildly silly dialogue with complete sincerity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2019
I'd love to see a musical comedy version entitled The Basket Cases.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2019
Too uninspired to even warrant a 'deflated' pun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2019
Real life or not, there is little truth here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2019
Suspend all disbelief, hold tight to the wicker basket and go along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2019
Unfortunately, this fictionalised take on a famous flight gives us spectacle without substance, floating out of the memory as soon as it passes off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 16, 2019
It is an interesting exercise, however, to leave all that good chemistry hanging literally in midair.
September 10, 2019
There's something amiably Quixotic about this recklessly dangerous flight, something innocent, and the vistas of the 19th-century London landscape are really quite something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2019
With ace cinematography and sound design, and a truly engaging performance from its female lead, this one surprised me.
September 4, 2019
Something worth watching on the biggest possible screen, even if it operates on a handful of clichés with little character-based substance to speak of.
September 3, 2019
When so many supersized blockbusters take the potential of CGI action for granted, "The Aeronauts" finds a fresh use for it by turning the exhilaration of discovery into a real visual treat.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 1, 2019
The Aeronauts achieves impressive elevation as a bracing and sympathetic account of two early and very different aviators who together reached literal new heights in a perilous field of endeavor.