Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Based on a true story, Hidden Figures recounts how three black American women served as the brains behind several key 1960s NASA missions. Stars Taraji P. Henson (TV's Empire), Janelle Monáe (Moonlight), and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (The Help).

Physicist, space scientist, and mathematician Katherine G. Johnson (Henson), along with Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monáe), were instrumental in executing one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit. It was an achievement that restored the United States' confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanised the world. The gifted trio crossed gender and race lines and inspired generations to dream big. Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner co-star.

2016Rating: PG, Coarse language127 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
97%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

"Hidden Figures" is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts...

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Time Out

Time Out

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The film aims for the stars but might have gone stratospheric if it cooled its jets ever so slightly.

3.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

A crucial episode of the nineteen-sixties, centered on both the space race and the civil-rights struggle, comes to light in this energetic and impassioned drama.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Although it looks like a movie machine-tooled to ride the wave of #OscarsSoWhite backlash, its actual ambitions seem far more modest: to entertain a lot, to educate a bit and to cheerlead pretty much constantly.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A smart, entertaining, illuminating and timely film.

4.0
0
Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

press

The story is a great one and all the better for being mostly true...

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Like the calculating women whose lives it celebrates, "Hidden Figures" knows what it's doing.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...a beautifully crafted film...

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This film was amazing! It was such an important story to be told, especially in a time of increased insular nationalism and racism in the world. What these three women did was truly amazing. The cast of this film was great too. One of my best films ever!

5.0
0

Can't speak more highly of this film, outstanding in every respect and who knew I could love a film that is essentially about math , I know I was blown away. Amazing and deserves every accolade. Watch it now!!

5.0
0

A number one for the grown girls who love to watch True Stories, although my husband enjoyed it too .. Great story line and actors, I really enjoyed

4.0
0

This was just a great story that I can't believe has taken 51 years to get to the screen. The characters were great, acted well and told without any American sentimentalisation.

4.0
0

Before the feminist era, written history was mostly about men while women were by-lines and coloured women non-existent. In the past several decades, women have been reclaiming their place in history and the film Hidden Figures (2016) is part of this cultural change. It is a story that celebrates the achievements of a hitherto un-acknowledged group of women...

4.0
0

You've got history and tech and adversity and great clothes and cars and drama drama drama and wonderful female leads and layers of story and smart dialogue. It's a story, I'm sure it isn't 100 percent accurate but I reckon they have the bones of it. It can be hard to see movies about inequality but this movie is not at all hard and, in the current...

5.0
0

Hidden Figures is surprisingly good, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. An entertaining, crowd-pleasing film about a team of African-American women who were the brains behind launching NASA's first successful space missions. It's a conventional biopic but I never lost interest and the three lead performances are very good. Grade: B

3.0
0

who front events. Human, funny and engaging

4.0
0

Having recently seen Rogue 1 and then having watched Hidden Figures I can see why this is out-performing the competition at the US box office; it's just a better movie on lots of levels. This is an inspiring story and very pertinent to our time when recent events have left many feeling somewhat despondent about the state of American culture and it's...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

"Hidden Figures" is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film aims for the stars but might have gone stratospheric if it cooled its jets ever so slightly.

3.0
0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

A crucial episode of the nineteen-sixties, centered on both the space race and the civil-rights struggle, comes to light in this energetic and impassioned drama.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Although it looks like a movie machine-tooled to ride the wave of #OscarsSoWhite backlash, its actual ambitions seem far more modest: to entertain a lot, to educate a bit and to cheerlead pretty much constantly.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A smart, entertaining, illuminating and timely film.

4.0
0
Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

press

The story is a great one and all the better for being mostly true...

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Like the calculating women whose lives it celebrates, "Hidden Figures" knows what it's doing.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...a beautifully crafted film...

0

This film was amazing! It was such an important story to be told, especially in a time of increased insular nationalism and racism in the world. What these three women did was truly amazing. The cast of this film was great too. One of my best films ever!

5.0
0

Can't speak more highly of this film, outstanding in every respect and who knew I could love a film that is essentially about math , I know I was blown away. Amazing and deserves every accolade. Watch it now!!

5.0
0

A number one for the grown girls who love to watch True Stories, although my husband enjoyed it too .. Great story line and actors, I really enjoyed

4.0
0

This was just a great story that I can't believe has taken 51 years to get to the screen. The characters were great, acted well and told without any American sentimentalisation.

4.0
0

Before the feminist era, written history was mostly about men while women were by-lines and coloured women non-existent. In the past several decades, women have been reclaiming their place in history and the film Hidden Figures (2016) is part of this cultural change. It is a story that celebrates the achievements of a hitherto un-acknowledged group of...

4.0
0

You've got history and tech and adversity and great clothes and cars and drama drama drama and wonderful female leads and layers of story and smart dialogue. It's a story, I'm sure it isn't 100 percent accurate but I reckon they have the bones of it. It can be hard to see movies about inequality but this movie is not at all hard and, in the current...

5.0
0

Hidden Figures is surprisingly good, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. An entertaining, crowd-pleasing film about a team of African-American women who were the brains behind launching NASA's first successful space missions. It's a conventional biopic but I never lost interest and the three lead performances are very good. Grade: B

3.0
0

who front events. Human, funny and engaging

4.0
0

Having recently seen Rogue 1 and then having watched Hidden Figures I can see why this is out-performing the competition at the US box office; it's just a better movie on lots of levels. This is an inspiring story and very pertinent to our time when recent events have left many feeling somewhat despondent about the state of American culture and it's...

5.0
0