The Right Stuff 1983

Critics score:
98 / 100

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Vincent Canby, New York Times: These men remain virtually flawless heroes, almost too good, decent and brave to be true, and it's a measure of how successful the movie is that one is inclined to believe it. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: That the writer-director, Philip Kaufman, is able to get so much into a little more than three hours is impressive. That he also has organized this material into one of the best recent American movies is astonishing. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: Moviegoers seeking a grand yet edifying entertainment, right-stuffed with what Kaufman calls "seriousness of subject matter and a wild humor that comes out of left field," now know where to look... Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: From the opening moments it is clear that we have the nearest modern equivalent to a Western: men of quiet virtue going skyward, leaving the tawdry world of log-rolling politicians behind. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: The Right Stuff is a humdinger. Full of beauty, intelligence and excitement, this big-scale look at the development of the US space program and its pioneering aviators provides a fresh, entertaining look back at the recent past. Read more

Gary Arnold, Washington Post: It means something to be a member of the brotherhood whose trials and accomplishments are celebrated so enjoyably in The Right Stuff. Read more