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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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Average Rating: 9.2/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 3

One of the most influential of all sci-fi films -- and one of the most controversial -- Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is a delicate, poetic meditation on the ingenuity -- and folly -- of mankind.

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Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 3

One of the most influential of all sci-fi films -- and one of the most controversial -- Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is a delicate, poetic meditation on the ingenuity -- and folly -- of mankind.

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A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to

Aug 25, 1998

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (3) | DVD (34)

Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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2001 lingers on the mind like a tall, black riddle: Where are the new bones, the new tools, that will take us higher? Do we even deserve them?

December 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is some sort of great film, and an unforgettable endeavor. Technically and imaginatively, what he put into it is staggering.

January 14, 2013
New Yorker
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The film's projections of the cold war and antiquated product placements may look quaint now, but the poetry is as hard-edged and full of wonder as ever.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (6)
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For all the essential coldness of Kubrick's vision, it demands attention as superior sci-fi, simply because it's more concerned with ideas than with Boy's Own-style pyrotechnics.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One of the true monoliths of all cinema.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Extraordinary filmmaking, creating intellectual arguments mostly through image and music.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's a must-see if you never have, even though its visual impact is seriously hampered by the small screen.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

With the release of Stanley Kubrick's enigmatic space spectacle in 1968, the science-fiction film finally came of age.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

[2001] might be best described as a factual philosophical speculation, rather than as the drama it sets out as but never develops into: and like all good speculations, it leaves the spectator up in the air with a tantalising vision as food for thought.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

...reaches for the stars and finds itself, against all odds, on the other side of them.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Matched Kubrick's photographic eye to a story about watching, transformed him into a director of the epic, and made one giant leap in sci-fi cinema that's never been matched.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest films of all time and it is the director's most profound and confounding exploration of humanity's relationship to technology, violence, sexuality and social structures.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Comments (6)
Cinema Autopsy

Perhaps the beauty of 2001 is appreciating that some of the best stories are the ones that are half-told.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Snobbery | Comments (2)
Film Snobbery

With his virtuosic adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's novel, Stanley Kubrick invented the modern science fiction film.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (6)
ColeSmithey.com

Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Kubrick set out to make "the proverbial good science-fiction film," but he came out the other side with something far more ornery and profound.

September 29, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Central to the profundity of the film is the notion that few things are more meaningful than a child's first steps, the emotive impact of this scenario manifest in every one of the film's dizzying set pieces, albeit multiplied to epic proportions.

November 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

2001 certainly is a colossal bore, unless you're on its wavelength, in which case it's one of the greatest films of all time.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (17)
Filmcritic.com

Prepare to be dazzled.

October 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001 is a film that does not concern anything so trite as human relationships. 2001 is a film of a scale so epic as to never have been conceived before. Up until 1968, sci-fi was all about flying saucers, death rays and theramins. Kubrick set about making a film themed around the history of the human species, from the dawn of man through to space exploration and beyond. The first thing that strikes you about this film is its sheer visual spectacle; Kubrick's juxtaposition of classical music with the elegance of space travel shows technology not as clunky and ugly, but a thing of beauty. His use of colour is breathtaking, from the cold blues of outer space, to the vivid reds of the ship's systems and the stunning pure whites and primary colours of the still brilliant looking retro future styling of the space station's interiors. He takes pains to show the logistics of space travel, mixing the mundane with the surreal images of an existence without the influence of gravity. But it is the stargate sequence that is the truly jaw dropping part of this film, and it is still one of the most visually stunning scenes ever committed to celluloid. The main criticism levelled at this film is its infamous obtuseness, Kubrick deliberately leaving the implications of the themes he is exploring for the viewer to conclude for themselves. I would seriously suggest to anyone having trouble coming to grips with it to read the book, as it does explain all. Kubrick was an artist, and this is his masterpiece; only he could even have attempted to sum up the entire history of humanity in a single cut. Amazing.
May 21, 2014
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With an extraordinary production design and cinematography - which includes mind-blowing photographic effects - this impressive work of poetic contemplation depicts Nietzsche's philosophical concept of the Übermensch in a truly majestic cinematic experience.
March 12, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

A fantastic film about the meditation of technology and evolution of man with a fantastic villain, fantastic effects for the time and great actors
October 28, 2012
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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Every once in a while a work comes along that's so good that it destroys the genre forever. No Scifi movie can ever top 2001. The obsessive compulsive genus that is Kubrick shows in spectacular form.
September 29, 2012
Joe McCall

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