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

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

The science is right but is the history?
★★★★★
Every white person except three, is made to look racist, or more accurately "suspicious" of any black person entering a room within NASA's walls as if they were a criminal. This permeates every scene and overshadows the historic achievements made by great minds. I wasn't there, but I find it extremely hard to believe that such an advanced scientific community would be entirely populated by bigots. Too bad, would have been just as effective if more subtle. — Frenchy in LA

Such an empowering movie
★★★★★
This is an amazing movie with a great plot and characters. The soundtrack is great, too. Hidden Figures is very worth watching — 😺😸😻😽😾😹😹🙀🙀😼M

Fantástico
★★★★★
História incrível e desconhecida. Difícil de imaginar, ainda mais dentro do momento de separatismo racial nos USA. — mmustran

STUNNING... EXCELLENT!!!
★★★★★
Epic storyline, marvelous direction, amazing acting by each and every character... absolutely gripping movie. Really beautiful treatment of such incredibly inspirating women!! — pun_eat

Excellent
★★★★★
Wonderful movie. Highly recommend. — Ummmhhhuuuu

GREAT MOVIE!
★★★★★
Amazing movie to watch with family or friends. It was a disgrace how blacks were treated in the past! but this is an inspirational movie. — KIXS

Beautiful movie
★★★★★
I have been such a fan of Octavia Spencer's work since The Help. Hidden Figures is a beautiful real life story portrayed by an excellent cast. — 16MK

🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
★★★★★
Great movie 🎥👍👍👍 — Robinandre12

Amazing
★★★★★
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. ITS SO GOOD. This movie makes you cry and then die laughing. It's an amazing movie — Kaiserdog1

Wonderful
★★★★★
C: — TheBestNicknameEverCreated

Mostly fiction
★★★★
While these women existed, they played a very minor part in the development of the space program in real life. This movie is highly exaggerated, and highly fictional — King Luke 1st

LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!
★★★★★
What a beautiful, powerful, well-written/directed/acted story!!! Bravo!!! I bought it because it’s a film our family will enjoy seeing again and again!!! And now I’m going to seek out the soundtrack too!!! — Aww-D-oh-Mama

Lots of changes
★★★★
I'm not sure why they found it necessary to change the stories of these people so much (compared to the Book). The original story was even more compelling. — dogdd

Historically Great Film
★★★★★
This is a wonderful film about these incredible women who contributed to the greatness of our country. Unsung heroes who deserve their truth to be taught in school. Obviously this is a hollywood film and embellishments have been made for the sake of story. This does not lessen the impact of these remarkable women. Brilliant performances, script and direction make this a worthy addition to anyones collection! — NYguy67

Must see!
★★★★★
This is a movie that everyone should have in there movie collection. — MISSEYES3

Outstanding
★★★★★
First, and this is important, for everyone here who comments that the movie is untrue or 100% fiction -- they are wrong. There are certainly some Hollywood embelishments, but the story and events are real, and you can check this online where credible publications write about the "West Computers" at NACA, which later became NASA. Most of the events in the movie are historically accurate. Look it up for yourselves if you don't believe this post. One example: John Glenn really did request that Katherine Johnson recheck and confirm the IBM calculated trajectories. This is documented. This is such a good movie. Fascinating, well-written screenplay with no uncomfortable dead zones. It's hard to comprehend just how brilliant these women are when you're an average Joe like me, but I am in awe of them. The acting is wonderful, really heartfelt and sensitive. The production is stellar. One of the best movies I've seen this year. — XyXyXyXyXy

Amazing movie
★★★★★
This movie opened my eyes to 3 very intelligent women who helped with the shuttle I wish I knew about this sooner — Rich assassin

Empowerment for Everyone!
★★★★★
This movie is literally empowering for everyone who watches it. From the minorities who get to see their stories being told to the ultra patriotic who get to see part of the history that made America great come to life. I wish I could give it more stars. — Corokraze

Great movie!!
★★★★★
Awesome movie!! — Bandit3008

Lies
★★★★
A "based on true events" movie that isn't. — pholly

Garbage
★★★★
This is 100% fiction and is very deceitful! — Fried chicken and taters

What a remarkable story!
★★★★★
I love this movie. What a remarkable story! — TyrannosaurusC

Black is beautiful
★★★★★
Thank you for telling the truth! — Marh723

Excellent!
★★★★★
Inspiring and motivating. Real genius of women. — enasNsane

Not historically accurate.
★★★★
It's sad to see a falsehood be portrayed as history. These women worked at NASA, where everyone worked for the betterment of the human race. If there was any inequality, it would have been outside of work. — ComicFan81

Awesome
★★★★★
I loved this movie, veary inspirational — Tommycat1275

Spectacular Movie on a Sadly Still Timely Topic
★★★★★
This is an absolutely spectacular movie on the struggles that the true geniuses behind the manned space mission were facing back in the day. If only we could honestly say those struggles were over today. — ace apertura

Truly Inspiring
★★★★★
Great cast and story. Well worth a watch and a great additon to any movie collection. — Kayman123

So Good!!
★★★★★
This movie was so so good. Great to go see with a group of gals of different generations. We all enjoyed it! — AustinDiva

This was an amazing movie
★★★★★
This movie taught me a few things about diversity — Tdvrrf

Best movie ever!!!!
★★★★★
This is such a good movie! Get it!!! — Peynee2003

So good!
★★★★★
This is a beautiful movie!! — Reader Extreme

Hidden Figures
★★★★★
Loved the movie! Must buy — Sxyak1

Love this movie
★★★★★
Such a great movie. Very inspiring — Gagjffvidxv543

Share this story!!!
★★★★★
What a wonderful movie that speaks to so many people on many different levels. We all salute you for your contributions, expertise, and mental toughness to persevere through the nonsense of those times!!! — Realblog

Best I Have Seen Yet
★★★★★
This movie is fantastic it was a historical moment that was lost in time and It told the story of one of the most important women involved in one of the most important moments in time and brought it back to life once more as if it had been just recently and it was just very eye opening hopefully to everyone who watched it and I loved it. — Mjor05

This movie is great on so many levels
★★★★★
acting is great - I personally Kevin Cosner steals the show with his betrayal as the leader of the 1st man orbiting the earth. But the guy who plays John Glenn, the scene where the Tarjii schools the entire engineering team on the chart board at her 1st status meeting is pure magic. The best line in the movie is when Glenn asks if the black girl is good with the trajectory and if so I'm good - totally trusted her. A amazing scene is where Tarjii's character has to run across the campus just to use the black restrooms and it was raining buckets and when she returned Cosner's character was grilling her on where she goes for 45 minute. The response is so brave and amazing but more amazing is that it was the 1st step in tearing down the predigous walls within NASA. As a computer nerd, I smiled when the IBM computer actually arrives and Octavia has to learn Fortran lol. totally dating myself but I also learned fortran as it was part of my CS degree. So great... — Mitee47