‘Lucy in the Sky’ Review: What are the Critics saying?

Natalie Portman gives it her all, but it isn’t enough to overcome Lucy in the Sky’s confused approach to its jumbled story.


Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman) is a strong woman whose determination and drive as an astronaut take her to space, where she’s deeply moved by the transcendent experience of seeing her life from afar. Back home as Lucy’s world suddenly feels too small, her connection with reality slowly unravels.

Just a few seconds into “Lucy in the Sky” the film’s director Noah Hawley makes the audience aware that this is “based on real events,” and unless you’re familiar with the story of former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak from 2007, then this latest space movie might not be what you’re expecting.

Movie Info:

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Noah Hawley
Written By: Brian C. Brown, Elliott DiGuiseppi
Starring: Natalie Portman, Christopher Darga, Colman Domingo, Dan Stevens, Ellen Burstyn, Jeffrey Donovan.
In Theaters: Oct 4, 2019 Wide
Runtime: 124 minutes
Studio: 26 Keys Productions

What are the Critics saying about “Lucy in the Sky”:

Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times)

Unintentionally funny and then just plain sad, Lucy in the Sky is one of the most disappointing films of 2019.

Michael O’Sullivan (Washington Post)

In its ambitions, “Lucy in the Sky” seems at first glance to be a female answer to “Ad Astra”. But it steadily devolves into something worthy of the Lifetime channel.

Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Lucy in the Sky” has the style of a biopic, but we know it’s not, so at times it’s hard to know what we’re watching and why.

Justin Chang (Los Angeles Times)

Unfortunately, it’s an anticlimactic conclusion at best, full of tacked-on thriller shenanigans that, once they’ve petered out, make you wonder exactly why this story drew the filmmakers’ attention to begin with.

Candice Frederick ( The Wrap)

Lucy in the Sky becomes a strange experience that tries to force too many themes together at the detriment of its otherwise fascinating heroine.

Peter Debruge (The Variety)

Distractingly over-directed … [Hawley] triple-knots his own shoelaces here, stumbling over cumbersome metaphors (butterflies, floating) and high-concept solutions to straightforward dramatic problems when he should have just entrusted his leading lady to carry the narrative. Read full review

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