The Astronaut Farmer, about an astronaut who is forced to leave NASA because of a family emergency and return to his farm home -- and elects to build a rocket in the barn from spare parts harvested from a NASA junkyard -- is supposed to be an uplifting tale about a lone man in search of his dream. Several critics don't see it that way. Chris Kaltenbach of the Baltimore Sun is one of them. "Painfully earnest, The Astronaut Farmer is, sad to say, a bunch of hooey," he writes. Liam Lacey in the Toronto Globe and Mail uses a similar term: "A slab of self-conscious hokum." Or as Eleanor Ringel Gillespie puts it in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it's "hard to swallow." On the other hand, Lou Lumenick in the New York Post comes to the defense of the film against "many cynical moviegoers and critics," and describes it as "a charming, low-key Capra-esque fable." And Desson Thomson in the Washington Post gives Billy Bob Thornton, "the actor whose relaxed assurance can boost even the hokiest of roles," credit for rescuing the film.