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First Man (12A)


US drama which follows the life and career of Neil Armstrong and the events leading up the 1969 moon landing.

The critical consensus

Chazelle broadens his horizons with this superbly detailed account of the Moon landing. Gosling and especially Foy are out of this world.

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 10/09/2018

Astonishing. The definitive take on a monumental moment in history — without ever losing sight of the man underneath the visor.

*****John Nugent, Empire Online, 11/09/2018

Enthralling, technically exceptional Neil Armstrong biopic.

*****Angie Errigo, The List, 08/10/2018

With solid performances and a heavy grit to the cinematography, it’s a shame First Man never gets off the ground.

***(*)(*)Katie Goh, The Skinny, 08/10/2018

Visually impressive, but Armstrong remains a frustratingly enigmatic figure in this story.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 09/10/2018

Subtle tearjerker is centred by an intense lead performance from Ryan Gosling.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 12/10/2018

Both powerfully moving and quietly profound.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 14/10/2018

Damien Chazelle eschews jingoism in favour of a nuanced portrait of Neil Armstrong, the stoic introvert who became a hero.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/10/2018

Up-close-and-personal biopic can’t get under Armstrong’s skin.

***(*)(*)Jonny Sweet, The Wee Review, 14/10/2018

Chazelle’s sometimes gripping but mostly pedestrian film.

***(*)(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 17/10/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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