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In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and furthering scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Overall, this is a well-acted peek back in history to an era when scientific and engineering techniques currently taken for granted were in their pioneering stages, impelled forward by humanity's insatiable desire to explore and conquer new vistas.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Although it's stuffed with many cliches, "The Aeronauts" can feel like a rather enjoyable bit of historical fantasy. The thrill of the "The Aeronauts" lies in its death-defying stunts. The tense "will they or won't they make it" scenes work so well that the movie can be forgiven for its clumsier earthbound moments.
NY PostFull Review Below Average When watching "The Aeronauts" as a piece of mostly fiction, the movie is decent. Jones and Redmayne have chemistry... ...for a film that takes place largely in a basket, Harper manages an epic mood. Nonetheless, you can't help but feel swindled by Hollywood's hot air.
Rex ReedFull Review Good Based on facts but heavily overwhelmed by poetic license, it has a few breathtaking moments... ...mostly the film offers computer generated contrivances while the genuine thrills never lift off and fly. The dialogue is dull as dried glue, but the acting is fine...
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