Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to


By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Portrait of an American hero celebrates humility, hard work.

Movie NR 2019 98 minutes
Armstrong Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

Like Neil Armstrong himself, this documentary unspools with an understated, steady, quiet, unflappable calm. It's a nice complement to other films about the lunar landing, such as Apollo 11 or First Man; the difference being that Armstrong covers Armstrong's entire life, not just the months surrounding the walk on the moon. In doing so, the case is made for "why him?" -- i.e., why an ordinary kid from an unremarkable part of the country ended up living one of the most extraordinary lives. The answer is straight from the parental advice playbook: Study hard, stay out of trouble, treat others with respect, be kind, and so on. These qualities weren't just the recipe for becoming an astronaut; they're what got him selected to be first off the rocket.

This biodoc was authorized by Armstrong's children, giving family, friends, and NASA cohorts permission (and confidence) to share previously unheard stories. Through his writings and speeches, Armstrong himself "speaks," albeit with a Hollywood voice: Harrison Ford. A fellow aviator and famous on-screen spaceman, Ford punctuates the film with his world-weary confidence, his slightly gravely tones finding the deeper meaning in the astronaut's words. The involvement of the Star Wars rebel represents the film's only cinematic sizzle, so while its messages about working hard and being a good person are exactly the kinds of things we want our kids to hear, the docu is really only likely to captivate Space Campers who are already in awe of one of history's most accomplished citizens.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate