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‘Hidden Figures’ Critical Roundup: Inspiring Story of Women in NASA Aims to Please

The film arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.

“Hidden Figures”

Hidden Figures” doesn’t arrive in theaters for two more weeks, but the first reviews are in. Most lean toward the positive, though IndieWire’s Eric Kohn is lukewarm. He gives the film a C+ and suggests that, “at a time when calls for diverse media dominate the industry, ‘Hidden Figures’ hedges its bets with a family-friendly commercial solution: warm and fuzzy storytelling that’s both progressive and safe.”

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TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde is more enthusiastic:

“Hidden Figures” is feel-good history, but it works, and it works on behalf of heroes from a cinematically under-served community. These smart accomplished women had the right stuff, and so does this movie.

Ditto Peter Debruge, reviewing for Variety:

“Hidden Figures” is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts — though ongoing racial tensions and gender double-standards suggest that perhaps we haven’t come such a long way, baby.

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Stephen Whitty of the New York Daily News offers three stars (out of five):

“Hidden Figures” is an earnest movie, but not a very exciting one. The screenplay feels as engineered as a Gemini rocket launch, with every scene and line carefully calculated.

Slant Magazine’s Elise Nakhnikian strikes a similar tone:

The women’s dogged refusal to cede their places on a team that keeps trying to reject them is a moving display of heroism, and a constant source of dramatic tension.

Theodore Melfi directed “Hidden Figures,” which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. The film, which currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 66 Metascore, is due in theaters on Christmas Day.

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