Critic Consensus: Astronaut can't quite escape the gravitational pull of its story's sentimental overtones, but Richard Dreyfuss keeps the film in a pleasantly diverting orbit.
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For a film about the joy and value of expanding your horizons, whatever your age, its outlook is irksomely blinkered.
Dreyfuss remains as fine-tuned and charming an actor as he did the first time he stared longingly up at the heavens.
Ultimately, I believed in this character, whose dreams were so obviously unfulfillable...I thought that worked rather well.
All of this would be promising territory were Astronaut an offbeat senior-versus-the-world comedy directed by, say, Alexander Payne.
Sitting somewhere between The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and something slightly more earnest, this charming tale of triumph over adversity does its best with some admittedly limited resources.
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