Hubble 3D

  • Review Date: March 18, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 43 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Space lands on Earth in 3-D glory in this kid-friendly docu.
  • Review Date: March 18, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 43 minutes





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Positive messages

The film emphasizes the importance of scientific discovery, especially the work of the Hubble telescope. Running through the whole movie is a sense of reverence for the universe and all its mysteries.

Positive role models

Everyone depicted in the film, from the astronauts to the NASA employees who prep them, and the filmmakers, too, seem excited for their project. Their love of what they do is palpable.

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One use of the word “damn.”

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary about NASA’s final shuttle expedition to repair a broken part of the Hubble telescope is an educational goldmine offering facts about space and a bounty of images of distant galaxies caught by the instrument. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this excursion into space via 3-D IMAX technology. Due to the 3-D effects, younger kids might find the viewing experience slightly unsettling and might need help adjusting to the special viewing glasses.

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What's the story?

Floating thousands of miles above our planet, the Hubble telescope brought images of the universe down to Earth, including nooks and crannies that date back billions of years. But soon after it was launched in 1990, scientists discovered one of its mirrors had a flaw; a handful of shuttle trips to mend it took place, but after the crash of the Columbia shuttle in 2003, it looked like there would be no more trips. But in May 2009 a crew made one last stop, IMAX camera in tow. HUBBLE 3D tells their story.

Is it any good?


Avatar might have taken 3-D to another level, but this documentary proves the technology is satisfyingly applicable to nonfiction films, too. Space, already an awesome cinematic subject, seems, in fact, more wondrous with it, turning a world that most can only imagine into something almost palpable. Screened only in IMAX theatres, the 3-D effect is heightened, making for an experience that’s part thrill ride, part astronomy lesson, and all entertainment. (Leonardo DiCaprio’s narration echoes the audience’s amazement.) At 43 minutes, the film is hyper-efficient, and we long for a little more insight into the astronauts themselves. And if only the 3-D effect would stay stable at all angles; one wrong shift can make the images seem wobbly through the special glasses viewers need, but these are small quibbles for a straightforwardly awesome film.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it must be like for the astronauts who journey into space. What drives them to sign up for such an adventure, and how difficult do you think it is to perform such mundane tasks as removing bolts amid the splendor of the universe?

  • How did the 3-D effects change the viewing experience? Do you think it was improved, or was it too distracting? Did you experience any strange physical effects from the 3-D?

  • Why were scientists determined to make it out to Hubble one more time? Does it seem like a worthy endeavor?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 19, 2010
DVD release date:March 29, 2011
Cast:Leonardo DiCaprio
Studio:Warner Bros.
Topics:Science and nature
Run time:43 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 11 years old July 9, 2010

Perfect for the tweens not for the little ones

i loved it... when we went on a field trip to see it the images were GREAT! ITS LIKE THERE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! amazing... i recomend ages.... 9- and up. compared to my age i was a little scared at first but after a while you get used to it. AMAZING!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old March 28, 2010
Kid, 12 years old July 28, 2010

Amazing for All Ages

Awesome movie!!! I saw it at IMAX today and I have to tell you, it was the best. It is slightly dizzying though. I liked it a lot!! It was beautiful. I put violence on there, but it's not really violent. That was the closest I could get to it being a little bit creepy with the voice of Leonardo DiCaprio and the darkness.
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Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models


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