Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)



Critic Consensus: This inspirational 3D IMAX film approximates for audiences what it is like to set steps on the moon.

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Movie Info

Audiences will be transported to the surface of the moon to walk alongside the 12 extraordinary astronauts who have been there, experiencing what they saw, heard, felt, thought and did. Presented and narrated by Tom Hanks, 'Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D' features never-before-seen photographs, previously unreleased NASA footage, CGI imaging and live-action renditions of the lunar landscape. It is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation and filmed with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Tom Hanks
as Narrator
Kevin Pollak
as Director
Peter Scolari
as Pete Conrad
Gary Sinise
as Gene Cernan
Matt Damon
as Al Shepard
John Travolta
as Jim Irwin
Paul Newman
as Dave Scott
Rita Wilson
as Beta Station Commander
Morgan Freeman
as Neil Armstrong
Bill Paxton
as Ed Mitchell
Donnie Wahlberg
as Helium 3 Commander
John Corbett
as Jack Schmitt
Barry Pepper
as John Young
Bryan Cranston
as Buzz Aldrin
Scott Glenn
as Charles Duke
Rick Gomez
as Alpha Station Commander
Tim Matheson
as Houston Capcom
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Critic Reviews for Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon is an earnest but insubstantial Imax 3-D spectacle that, even at 40 minutes, seems unduly padded.

October 6, 2005
Top Critic

The illusion is impressive but incomplete, and therefore mildly disappointing. But I cannot deny having felt a little nervous when 'we' were standing too close to the edge at the Grand Canyon-like Hadley Rille. So clearly I am a liar.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

One of the astronauts describes his excitement during the lunar mission as 'like a kid playing in a sandbox.' Unfortunately, that could also sum up the film's visual content.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Adults will be more than passably entertained by this short, patriotic feature, and kids will be entranced.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

Playful, inspirational.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Offers the most realistic approximation of a moon visit that Earthbound mortals have ever seen.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D


Caught this on a recent trip to the Kennedy Space Center, so there's nothing like being there to enhance your experience! This IMAX documentary is one of a series of excellent films made about one of humankind's great adventures: The moon missions. It takes you from the origins through a lot of footage from the later missions that you may not have seen, and supplements the real footage with technically excellent simulations and re-enactments. Like its close cousin, From the Earth To The Moon series, its an inspirational and sometimes harrowing tale of the journey to our nearest neighbor. It's calculated to inspire, and it does. The sheer magnitude of what was accomplished is still pretty staggering. If you watch this and are not moved by the experience, then you either never saw any of the space program coverage over the last 40 years, or you just aren't awake. The kids in the film can't name the astronauts that did it, but it still captures their imagination and that nothing is impossible. Great narration, photography, and science fact. Recommended

Mark K
Mark K

Super Reviewer

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