Suffers from the same treatment as most biopics, being so full of obvious contrivances - setpieces, on-the-nose dialogue, eureka moments, anachronistic music (why, with such a wealth of incredible period music??) - that it's hard to identify the real from the reel. However, given that the film has reached its target audience, and that it has the potential to light an intended flame, such criticisms may be moot.
Such an empowering film. I feel inspired by looking at how these women go to achieve what they want and open the doors to many other women who wanted to excel too. Brave, brave women. It somehow shows us that nothing could stop us from contributing to the society and achieving what we want.
A message movie that hits you over the head doesn't sound like a good thing but there is some great acting here despite the insufferable direction especially if you think of it as a comedy you like it more and more.
An enjoyable crowd pleaser that shone some light on some people that history may well have forgotten. The trio of lead actresses are all very good here especially Henson and Monae. Mind you Spencer has the best line with 'I know you think so'. Fine supporting turns all around. Though the film may well be revisionist in some spots as well as mawkish it works very well in this form. Good date night film.
Hidden Figures knows exactly what it is and plays to its strengths. The result is a highly effective feel-good dramatization of a noble story, even if blatantly manipulative. And all credit goes to the trio of actresses headlining the film who pull off very fine performances.
A very solid 9/10. I've been working on this ad campaign for months and had seen an unfinished cut of the movie, but seeing it in theatres was something else entirely. This is a crowd-pleaser in the truest sense, with moments of catharsis, hope, and redemption that will make even the most cold-hearted art house snob feel some real goddamn emotions. An inspiring and timely story.
I feel because we have a deficit of this kind of movie - movies that portray the struggles of women of color, or women in general - that this film will be a tad overpraised. There are some great moments here, hut they are a bit undercut by a cloying need for pathos in way of the score, the screenwriters' need to tack on a humorous quip at the end of every scene, and a narrative that favors chronology over specificity
An extra star for the sheer profundity of its message regarding breakthrough in the pursuit for racial equality in the 1960s. Inspirational. Quite the biopic to encourage kids to take mathematics seriously at school too, and a fascinating exposition of the inner workings of NASA. Cinema's and literature's ability to redefine history and make 'hidden figures' mainstream is a testament to the art of storytelling.