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Lucy In The Sky

Year
2019
Country
United States
Director
Cast
Genre
Sci-Fi. Drama | Space Adventure
Synopsis
In LUCY IN THE SKY, Natalie Portman plays astronaut Lucy Cola, who returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space - and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"[It] brims with offbeat storytelling and visual ideas that initially combine to quietly appealing effect. But the final stretch erupts into overt, over-the-top melodrama that feels jarring after all that’s come before"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Eric Kohn
IndieWire
"This dull, sanitized dramatization of history’s tawdriest astronaut scandal has absolutely no idea how touching the heavens might transform a person"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
Screendaily
"[It] has ambitious visual flourishes, a bold performance from Natalie Portman and not nearly enough insights into the peculiarities of human behaviour  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
Variety
"For some reason, Hawley goes big and campy when the movie’s original goal had been to block out all that cosmic noise and focus on what was happening inside the character’s head"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Matt Goldberg
Collider
"Hawley has a good starting point, but he didn’t work to take it in any direction beyond some vague existential despair, and even that feels a little cheap and underdone."  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"It is a witty, intriguing film in many ways (...) But I also feel [it] is unsure of how much to disturb its audience (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"It’s unsettling indeed to watch a film aspire to existential exploration and then crash to earth, reduced to nothing but the saga of a stereotypical space case. (...) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Christian Holub
Entertainment Weekly
"Lucy in the Sky has plenty of arresting cosmic visuals, and on the other hand tries to portray a human drama (...) But those two halves never cohere into a whole"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"A dispiriting mess and waste of talent"  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Candice Frederick
The Wrap
"A strange experience that tries to force too many themes together at the detriment of its otherwise fascinating heroine"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Tomris Laffly
Time Out
"Natalie Portman misfires in a psychodrama about astronauts that never summons the heat of a true meltdown (...) Rating: ★ (out of 5)"  NEG
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