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915 Ratings

Ad Astra

Directed by James Gray
United States, Brazil, 2019
Drama, Sci-Fi, Adventure


Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

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Ad Astra Directed by James Gray

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2020 | Nominee: Best Sound Mixing

Austin Film Critics Association

2020 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

What has long distinguished Gray, and what rings true in even this, his grandest and in some ways most complex movie, is that his movies peer inward, not outward—toward longing, frustration, uncertainty, and rattled expectations, rather than toward resolution. Towards the sublime, rather than toward unquestioning third acts.
September 23, 2019
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Known for making intimately scaled epics, it may not surprise that James Gray’s Ad Astra retains the epic, but it’s in rendering his space odyssey as intimate as he does that makes it such an impressive achievement.
September 20, 2019
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These unguarded moments are made all the more touching by the shades of sorrow that sweep across Pitt’s face: a beautiful vista of still-boyish handsomeness that bears the signs of senescence—the wrinkles, the pouches under the eyes, the no-longer-drum-taut cheeks—with grace rather than terror.
September 20, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Ad Astra

    [IMAX] 'Will live and love.' (pause) 'Submit.'*fade to black*/"Now we know we're all we've got"='You're all I have, you're all I wanted to have'. Mr. O'Brien goes to space rife with daddy issues & leave-me-alones. Q&As oblivion. Hitchhikes back to life via hope. [Pitt's eyes are the bluest planet of the 10s.] Solaris, 2001, Sunshine, Interstellar, Alien, The Tree of Life & Mad Max: all still seatin' in a PTA meeting.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Ad Astra

    This is everything that Claire Denis' High Life is not: grandiose, arrogant, smug, bathetic, completely soulless. Gray subjects the viewers with a two hour sidereal Apocalypse Now to criticize the Protestant work ethic. Ad Astra is so, so... American. There is no life (left) in the Hollywood cinematic universe. The stars are dead. I'd take Event Horizon over this pretentious, ultimately vacuous sermon any given day.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Ad Astra

    It needs subtler voiceover, and its sins-of-the-workaholic-father psychodrama is thin for Gray. But the astounding design of the film gives such emotions a context. Ad Astra cycles through immersive and expansive environments, so detailed and mesmerizing that they never lose freshness. Gray didn't make his 2001, no—in fact, the aim is the inverse. But chalk up a Kubrickian feat: you feel like you've been to space.

  • Jorge Mourinha's rating of the film Ad Astra

    Ambitious, beautifully filmed drama about coming to terms with life in the "heart of darkness" of outer space; twin to THE LOST CITY OF Z, and throwback to serious seventies sci-fi like SOLARIS or SILENT RUNNING. A slow-motion grower.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Ad Astra

    2.5 - I didn't really need The Tree of Life 2 - Lost in Space Edition, but the moon chase sequence is one for the books. It's not quite as bad as I had imagined from the first trailer, but it is twice as boring and thin-plotted as the hype would have you believe.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Ad Astra

    “And Astra” might have been an apter title, since the stars are not, in fact, the destination for either McBride boy, but only another hardship through which to pass en route to their elusive ultima thule—meaningful connection. One of them, at least, dons his ruby slippers in time to surf a nuclear blast all the way home, like which there’s no place in space. Put your hand in the hand of the man who’s on your planet.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Ad Astra

    One of the most perceptive and pragmatic visions for a space film ever. It certainly is the most soberly realized. James Gray has always been one of America's finest filmmakers, I'm glad he got to work on a film of this scope and size. Still, I wonder if this really was his director's cut. Also, this here is probably Brad Pitt's finest work as an actor.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Ad Astra

    The promise of progress. A mirror to The Lost City of Z, but also to recent nostalgic, proud space exploration films (First Man, Interstellar, The Martian). A black book of America in its mythical quest for higher meaning, through God or science. As civilization goes further and further into the future, the sins and the violence of the past come back into the present. A flawed masterpiece hidden in a great film.

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