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Hidden Figures (2017)



Critic Consensus: In heartwarming, crowd-pleasing fashion, Hidden Figures celebrates overlooked -- and crucial -- contributions from a pivotal moment in American history.

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HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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Taraji P. Henson
as Katherine Johnson
Octavia Spencer
as Dorothy Vaughan
Janelle Monáe
as Mary Jackson
Kirsten Dunst
as Vivian Mitchell
Jim Parsons
as Paul Stafford
Mahershala Ali
as Jim Johnson
Kevin Costner
as Al Harrison
Glen Powell
as John Glenn
Aldis Hodge
as Levi Jackson
Ariana Neal
as Joylette
Maria Howell
as Ms. Sumner
Jaiden Kaine
as Joshua Coleman
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Sen. Patrick
Cullen Moss
as Mission Control Commander
Rhoda Griffis
as White Librarian
Dane Davenport
as Alan Shepard
Bob Jennings
as Navy Officer
Alkoya Brunson
as Kenneth Vaughn
Joe Knezevich
as Wind Tunnel Engineer
Kurt Krause
as Sam Turner
Cody Carrera
as NASA employee
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Critic Reviews for Hidden Figures

All Critics (322) | Top Critics (70)

It's a story of greatness demanding acknowledgement.

August 17, 2021 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The movie features outstanding performances and pays tribute to three pioneering Black women who played a central role at NASA in the early 1960s during the "space race" between the United States and the Soviet Union.

February 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Hidden Figures presented three brilliant black women who just wanted to do their jobs.

March 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Hidden Figures is more about race than the space race, both of which are conquered with grace and girl power.

July 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Through strong performances, sensitive direction and the strength of its source material, Hidden Figures transcends cliché to become a genuinely moving, inspirational tale of perseverance, strength and love.

August 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The pragmatism that flows through Hidden Figures provides a beacon of hope in a modern era that feels marked by uncertainty and despair.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hidden Figures

Delightful history lesson about the black female mathematicians who helped NASA bring people into space. There are a couple of unpleasant scenes reminding the audience of the ridiculousness of race segregation in the 1960s, but overall the mood is pretty uplifting and optimistic. The end is pretty exciting even if you know how things worked out. A fantastic cast makes for several really touching scenes. A pleasure of a film and a story worth being told.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Hidden Figures follows the narrative formula of many sports movies. We get the injustice, the teasing, the dirty looks, the undervalued appreciation for their ability and then that come from behind moment where everyone is proven wrong. It's all served in a pleasing, well-photographed family friendly creation. The overlooked advances from individuals forgotten by history can provide a cutting edge perspective into a historical event. As a piece of entertainment, Hidden Figures is entertaining enough. However, the sentimental uplift of this Hallmark greeting card of a movie doesn't scratch beneath the surface to plumb the depths of their experience. I can imagine that these women faced egregious behavior that undermined their human dignity. One would think Langley Research Center would be a place where analysis and intellectual ability was focused on much more than skin color. Apparently not. The screenplay doesn't examine harder. I wish it had delved deeper and examined why. This cursory study is content to present predictable tropes that are de rigueur for any tale of an underdog. These brave women deserve a powerful story, but Hidden Figures never expands beyond a shallow exploration to get to the heart of their struggle. The screenplay by Allison Schroeder and director Theodore Melfi is an inspirational saga of intellect triumphing over racism in a PG-rated tale. Hidden Figures is a feel-good diversion that will hopefully inspire people to study further. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

In times when an escapist musical such as La La Land is being widely lauded as the film "we all need right now," Hidden Figures is essential viewing. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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