Hidden Figures

Drama • PG • Directed by: Theodore Melfi • 127 minutes

The incredible untold true story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) & Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement galvanized the world and inspired generations to dream big.

Viewer reviews

Must watch
★★★★★
Feel good movie around a great topic: race to the moon, female rights, racial segregation. Good acting. Gripping nerdy story flavored with a little romance. Both genders will like this one. — Variable01

Great movie!
★★★★★
I watched this movie on a red eye flight, partly expecting to like it, part expecting I would fall asleep watching a cute movie. I never ended up sleeping. I enjoyed it so much. Definitely a must see and must purchase! — cdonor

The peckerwoods are awfully upset.
★★★★★
:) — theoddguy

This movie is just a "feel good" movie for minorities.
★★★★
Most of the "facts" in this movie are GREATLY embellished, and Hollywood apparently allowed it so that more minorities would buy tickets. The fact is yes these women did some good things, but their white counterparts did just as good, if not better at the same job. The only praise I can give is that the makers of this movie did a great job in selling tickets to minorities who need SOMETHING to believe in. They just don't care if it's true or false or, in this case, greatly exaggerated. — California Movie Fanatic

Revisionist???
★★★★★
My grandfather worked for NASA during that time. He knew these women and the women before them. It was the culture of the time for blacks not to be seen as intelligent as whites. By the way I am white, conservative and Christian. Sorry guys this is true. The truth will comes out...always. If schools leave it out of the history books, hollywood will. Tell the truth..it will set u free. — ken J.

No, you dont get to fabricate history out of thin air.
★★★★
Just thinking that kids out there will take this as a legit true story — Altavelocidad

This Should be listed under Historical Fiction
★★★★
This movie is a joke. I challenge any one to look into the true events that are being presented as "true" in this film because virtually the entire move is crap. This is revisionist history garbage at its best. Just another piece of liberal garbage being churned out by Hollywood to support their divisive narrative. What a total waste of time and money — Nature Of Threat

Somewhat truthful
★★★★★
I liked the movie, however, i do feel they were not totally honest with the racism. It was much worse. Were scientists better than others? Doubtful, considering the small numbers of women allowed into their hallowed ranks. The acting was very good, I think it's sad that we really haven't improved that much. Women are still not encouraged to take a path toward science, i think it could be the same for some people of color. People of Asian decent seem to be more prevalent than Blacks or Hispanics. So who knows how much further along we could be if everyone with an interest was encouraged to get into it? Glad I watched it, it was inspiring. — loisjean

Not based on fact
★★★★
Movies that claim to be based on true events should be based on fact and not fiction.... — Bob-Smith

Hidden Figures
★★★★★
What a great movie, so inspirational! — Julio Ramirez

Outstanding movie
★★★★★
I have seen this movie four times already, and now I'm trying to get the movie on my phone and at home. This movie may not have been totally true but it was totally interesting and inspirational. This is my all time favorite movie and I suggest you go see it if you haven't already! — Breezy Bre 😛

Awesome !!!!
★★★★★
This movie was great !!! I personally know a lot about one of the characters because my uncle worked closely with their relative. It's amazing to me how hate and passive aggressive racism have made it into the reviews. I could go on and on about the achievements African Americans have made through history that go unacknowledged. I'm not here for that. Watch the movie you will not be disappointed. — Firstladyoflove

Very Good
★★★★★
First I would like to say to the haters, doubters and debaters, visit NASA.com since you don't believe the movie is actually based on true events. Now here is my review. This is a very good movie which well documents at least 3 of the greatest minds of African American history. I can only imagine the obstacles they must have faced and endured in that time period and I am glad the movie did not dwell so much on that but on the women and their accomplishments. There are many "Hidden Figures" in history. — 2play4fun

Loved it
★★★★★
Such a great movie! — 412cap

Hidin' Figures
★★★★★
I have now seen this movie this morning. I really enjoyed how they did. I have not read the book yet but I own the book. Anyway, Really good movie. — Jolovesgum

information without heart
★★★★★
It's important that this movie was made, appalling that none of these women were famous before the movie came out. However, it was amazingly uninspiring as a movie, considering the subject matter. I felt it lacked depth, was just a bit too restrained, and a bit too stereotypical in the way it presented pretty much all of the characters. That being said, I'm glad I saw it and gained some understanding of just how brilliant these women were, and how groundbreaking their roles were. It should have been such a thrilling movie, but somehow, IMHO, it was not. — littleRedFiat

In one word.....
★★★★★
Excellent!! — Dblozebn

Great movie!
★★★★★
Movie showed real struggles these women had to face back in the days (even had to walk/run 0.5 mile to go to a colored bathroom?!?, what in the world!!!). Glad these women fought for themselves, other intimated by them due to their intelligence. and also glad the NASA director stood up for those who deserved it. Well done movie!! — atlert

Ehhhh steer clear
★★★★
History rewritten — TROPICALWIFI

Hidden Figures is a Must See film!
★★★★★
If you were alive in the 60s, and want a snapshot of racism in the south (and inside early NASA and the government), see this movie! The real story behind John Glenn, and the Mercury Program! An engrossing, must see film! — Jay Schufman

It's worth every penny to see this movie.
★★★★★
I grew up during this time. Makes me feel bad that we lived in that time of year with all the blacks in the whites so many people racist. But that was then ! I love the MOVIE ! 👍🏼 — Simdps

Excellent
★★★★★
I don't know how much of it is true and how much is fiction but even if half is fiction, it is an incredil;e story! — dotsordashes

Hidden figures
★★★★★
I watched this movie in theaters about a month ago; and it was the BEST movie I have watched in a while. Especially Bc I love things about space craft. — Crylaah

You ruyytfrf
★★★★★
can't bday tomorrow v — uhavbcyf

Powerful and inspirational
★★★★★
This movie is great — bruce n h

I consider myself a tough dude
★★★★★
....But I cried like a b*tch during the briefing. This movie has inspired me and will be my go to whenever I feel like I need a bit of motivation. Great film ALL AROUND! — AboyNeverDie

Why now
★★★★
Another bs story about black women not getting the fair shake. We have to understand we can't forget the past. But why do we have to dwell on it. When can it be a day it's a clean slate. We are all Americans now. Get over it if your seeing this. Slavery is over, hello!!! — Sugar doggie

Great Story!!!
★★★★★
and well performed. I've enjoyed every second. Thanks. — r!çk

History re-cooked
★★★★★
The movie would have stood on its own merits without stretching the truth or creating "facts" about the space program or Project Mercury: no space flight would have ever been launched without knowing precisely its orbital path being precisely known in all aspects. The contact with the astronauts is highly unlikely. — 747whaledriver

Hidden Figures: beautiful!
★★★★★
This movie is in one word: beautiful! Outstanding performance by 3 leading black female actors, who kept me engaged from beginning to end of the movie. And that's a feat, because I don't watch movies on racism, because I find it a waste of time. But this movie, I watched because it has contents, it stands for something: the brilliance and genius of 3, and more, black women. Thank you for bringing this information out. — Futurist Babe

Lies
★★★★
This story is 99% fiction. I guess who these women actually were and their actual role was not exciting enough for the filmmakers. — Meetingmygoals

This is a VERY good story !!!
★★★★★
I'm not sure why some people gave it a bad rating. The movie was very good and showed that the women (even under horrible working conditions) stood-up and showed people how incredible they were. Seriously, you won't be disappointed with this movie — Fly Fishing for Bonefish !

A Complete Fabrication
★★★★★
There is nothing in this movie that is even remotely related to reality. If you want to understand the reality, just look up the 200 people who showed up with donkey carts, to Cape Canaveral, in 1971 to protest *against* the Apollo moon missions. That's the real story. Let us not be so easily fooled by this fictional nonsense somehow pawning itself off as "untold history". — Mohammed Al-Tari

Hidden figures
★★★★★
Loved it! — Sun39999

It’s good
★★★★
I enjoyed the watch, and I think Americans should never tire of reminding ourselves who we are by retelling such stories (as our capacity to do wrong home and abroad is seemingly bottomless and boundless), but I’d have appreciated a more technically accurate, faithfully dramatic, historical retelling. For example, Katherine Johnson is on record having stated that she was never aware of any racism at NASA, that ‘we were all researchers’ working on tough problems. I’m not sure the possible license taken with the subject matter serves anyone as well as a more faithful retelling would. Yet, such concerns probably pale relative to the overall context, that, yes, black women achieving scientific and leadership positions at NASA circa 1961 and on had to have been a very big deal and this movie was the first I’d heard of this landmark history. — D'chill

Outstanding
★★★★★
Instant modern classic! — bartok618

Intelligence is Colorblind
★★★★★
Proof that Intelect is race free and sex free, and a white dominant world could and STILL is wrong. I am also white but colorblind to race. — Yeti8me69

Truly Inspirational. We loved it!
★★★★★
Made me proud to be an American. — :-) .

Nope
★★★★
Bad — Mlg swag gamer

Hollywood propaganda
★★★★
Why isn’t Johnson mentioned in John Glenn’s John Glenn: A Memoir or Alan Shepard’s Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon? Why does Charles Murray not mention her in his seminal book on the Apollo program (co-authored with Katherine Murray), Apollo: Race to the Moon? Why is Johnson not mentioned in Tom Wolfe’s epic The Right Stuff,documenting the sensational story of NASA’s first astronaut group, the all-white Mercury 7? Why, especially oddly, is Johnson not mentioned in We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program? Why was Johnson not mentioned in either Jet or Ebony magazine, two black magazines that spent the 1960s and 1970s simultaneously lamenting the lack of blacks at NASA and celebrating any minor achievements of blacks in the space program? — sowhatyouwilllive

Everyone should see this movie.
★★★★★
This movie is touching, eye-opening, encouraging, empowering... it's incredible. All kids and adults should see it. — SoFun!

Great
★★★★★
😀😀😀 — Bobshibbob

Inspiring! One of the best movies I've seen all year!
★★★★★
Based on a true story of three of NASA's female scientists during segregation, it is a story woven around the lives of three brilliant women who were part of the foundation of the United State's space program. The film depicts many of the challenges that were faced not only by women, but by women of color as they tried to break into scientific careers. It is not history rewritten, it is history that has been undercovered and undervalued. It is time these women received the credit they deserve, they had equal or higher qualifications than some of their peers and often not recognized for their valuable contributions to the space race. It exposes the hard work by all those who supported the calculations and engineering troubleshooting for the nation's first manned orbit of the earth. It is not only well acted but its a fun, visually appealing and compelling story. All can find inspiration in this film, for the youth of America this movie can serve as a springboard for what kind of hard work and dedication it takes to explore new frontiers and advance human achievement. Finally, the release of this movie is timely given John Glenn's recent passing, and speaks to the character of this man who was not only one of America's great heroes but also always a first class gentleman, humble and kind. — Connierae71

Review from a white chic💃
★★★★
Went with friends on a rainy day to see this flick. It's awesome! It's more than about color. It's about overcoming obstacles and sheer determination and theses ladies did more than a great job portraying these wonderful women. I gave only 4 stars due to some historical inaccuracies. Well worth watching and sharing as it inspires. 👍👍👍👍✈️ — Gamer holdem

Well done for the most part.
★★★★★
Overall pretty good history except I doubt if only Glenn was the only astronaut who came down the line to shake hands, after all the military had been integrated since 1947. And my guess is that the IBM crew knew how to get their system set up and running without outside help. — North Fork Viewer

Fantastic
★★★★★
Very good movie about the silent heroes! — Charlot Fan

Talk about African-American HEROES
★★★★★
What an amazing movie - a GREAT true story; a GREAT cast; and a GREAT production. A definite purchase you'll want to (re)watch. — JCarver.Auburn

Trite, patronizing and light-hearted.
★★★★★
The musical numbers, levity and sappy feel-good style overwhelmed the true subject matter and trivialized the actual climate of the time, the protagonists' struggles as well as the performances of the main characters. — michgro

Incredible!!
★★★★★
This is a must watch movie! Sometimes we forget how different the world was not so long ago. This video was a beautiful and thoughtful reminder. Very powerful and absolutely amazing what these women went through, and how much they contributed. Loved it. — PogiLuna

Amazing Movie
★★★★★
We loved how true to the actual events this was. We liked the humor and the connection to the book. — Petunia421