Critic Review - Washington Post

Now, seen in the actual 2001, it's less a visionary masterpiece than a crackpot Looney Tune, pretentious, abysmally slow, amateurishly acted and, above all, wrong.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (229)
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Nathan T.

Nathan Tensen

Hunter is far from being right on "2001" but some of what he says in this quote rings true. Kubrick did make better films.

Mar 10 - 10:55 PM

Mike F.

Mike Freeman

I agree, those that think this is the greatest movie ever were probably brainwashed ( la Alex in A Clockwork Orange) by the flashy lights and experimental audio.

Dec 18 - 08:01 PM


Roland Eimer

Ignorant and childish analysis of one of the greatest films ever made

Mar 23 - 09:49 PM

Michael M.

Michael Malan

so not liking the same film as you makes someone ignorant and childish?

Nov 20 - 05:38 PM

Shane Dzierwa

Shane Dzierwa

No, not liking a film because it was "wrong" in the sense that it didn't turn out that way in real life makes one ignorant and childish.

Jan 15 - 10:48 AM


Someone Someone


Jun 9 - 09:04 AM

Liam Booth

Liam Booth

No it's not ignorant and childish, he gave his reasons for why he didn't think the movie is good and I believe they are perfectly valid. And one of his points is that this movie was suppossed to capture what happened in 2001. Which it didn't but it was made in the 60's so the idea is that it will just happen in the future. Not a specific time or date the future. And I believe it is a visionary masterpiece to this day.

Jun 11 - 07:31 AM

Heidi Vossburg

Heidi Vossburg


Aug 30 - 11:54 PM

Liam Booth

Liam Booth

Although his review is misguided, you calling ignorant and childish in an attempt to boost yourself over him is almost worse. The fact is, it is completely and utterly irrelevant to say that the film is incorrect. The film was made in the 1960's so the idea is it will occur sometime in the future, kubrick is a filmmaker, not a scientist and even scientists are nearly always wrong in predictions. Yes the movie is slow paced at times but Kubrick never set out to be just an entertainer, but a visionary which was it this film is, a vision. And in that aspect, this film hasn't aged one day Hunter.

Jun 11 - 07:26 AM

Gabriel Burton

Gabriel Burton

Correction: one of the (if not "the") most overrated films of all time, and THE most boring film I've ever seen.

Jun 24 - 10:33 PM

Alexander Burgos Collazo

Alexander Burgos Collazo

There's always Transformers for the likes of you :)

Jul 5 - 02:02 PM

Jared Robb

Jared Robb

that is just plain stupid. there are people who only like action film, & people who like suspenseful dramas this is not. here's a real Sci-Fi masterpiece: Alien

Jul 9 - 08:56 AM


alex brown

not even close. if this isn't a visionary masterpiece, then what is?

Mar 29 - 12:45 PM


Barry Newart

How about Citizen Kane, Casablanca, or The Godfather? At least they had what this film lacked, an engaging plot.

Jul 30 - 11:53 AM


Anand Prasad

None hold a candle to 2001.

Aug 14 - 11:32 AM


Rob Schneider

Saying the Godfather doesn't hold a candle to any movie is plain wrong. Shutupa yo face

Jun 16 - 09:04 PM


Delon Lier

I think the godfather holds candle. but Casablanca really is so over rated.

Jul 31 - 07:55 PM

David M.

David McKenna

Solaris is better

Oct 27 - 11:07 PM

Gary Woody

Gary Woody

Granted that Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Godfather, and any number of other films are masterpieces, but why exactly is it necessary for a VISUAL masterpiece to have a plot? Have you ever seen Koyaanisqatsi? If not, you should. Some of us don't need no stinkin plot to appreciate art. We can make up our own plot, if we need one.

Feb 10 - 03:41 AM

Gary Woody

Gary Woody

Granted that Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Godfather, and any number of other films are masterpieces, but why exactly is it necessary for a VISUAL masterpiece to have a plot? Have you ever seen Koyaanisqatsi? If not, you should. Some of us don't need no stinkin plot to appreciate art. We can make up our own plot, if we need one.

Feb 10 - 03:45 AM

David Klein

David Klein

casablanca is the most overrated movie of all time!

May 23 - 06:02 AM


Someone Someone


Jun 9 - 09:04 AM

Juha Kiitoinen

Juha Kiitoinen

Why is it that people feel the need to push arbitrary film "classics" into comparison with any given film X? Casablanca and Citizen Kane might have a compelling plot, but they do not create the sense of utter wonder and vastness that this film so stunningly does. The fact that a certain Mr. Hunter failed to see the film's merits and called it pretentious is an irredeemable error in my opinion and is, above all, wrong.

Jun 10 - 05:28 PM

Alex H.

Alex Haines

actually, you're forgetting the Jupiter mission part of the movie, the rest of it is just a jigsaw puzzle for the truly intelligent, if you realize that kubrick hid the pieces in places that only minds as brilliant as his can find, you can piece it together completely.

Aug 22 - 08:53 PM

Gabriel Burton

Gabriel Burton

Anything that doesn't involve a ten minute sequence of a spaceship pulling into a spaceport with classical music playing in the background. It reminded me of a two and a half hour wait at the doctor's office, but at least the doctor's office has magazines to keep you occupied.

Jun 24 - 10:37 PM


Andrew Cook

Then go read one. Guns and Ammo, amirite?

Jul 19 - 01:27 AM


Joey Z

This critic is an idiot.

May 23 - 05:58 AM


Alexander Morales

May 31 - 03:34 PM


x c

are you that stupid and that much of an idiot

Jun 6 - 03:40 PM


seed henyo


Jun 23 - 06:50 AM



Finally a man willing to speak the truth. Enemy, Ignorant and childish? Who the **** made you judge of people's opinion? IHATEPEOPLEWHOLIKETHISMOVIE

Jun 24 - 04:24 AM

Jimi G.

James Gingerich

You, sir, have the boorish manerisms of a Yale-leaguer

Jan 20 - 07:02 AM


Someone Someone


Jun 9 - 09:05 AM

Sam B.

Chris Elric

You say that no one has the right to judge someone's opinion, then you say you hate people who like this movie? A tad bit hypocritical.

Apr 10 - 10:57 AM


Danny G

I think the last thing he said was meant to be

Jul 14 - 11:44 AM


The Watcher

Obviously, you and the critic are both too stupid to understand all of the implications of this film. That is a fact.

May 13 - 02:28 PM

Brad H.

Brad Heelbeck

Interesting to see you here Watcher- although I think this critic's little out burst was poorly spoken and not altogether true, he's still making a point that this film (when you look past its significance on todays Sci-Fi) is no longer "the greatest Sci-Fi ever made". He's right- it IS abysmally slow and pretentious. It's hype also preceeds it so highly that I had no choice but to be underwhelmed by it. :- S

Jan 1 - 02:55 AM


ganesh shan

Precisely, I wasted two hours watching this.

Sep 27 - 08:26 AM

Kendall C.

Kendall Christianson

this guy's mother must have drank when she was pregnant

Aug 30 - 02:34 PM


ganesh shan

Yeah, my thoughts exactly!

Sep 27 - 08:24 AM

Gabriel Burton

Gabriel Burton

God bless you.

Jun 24 - 10:38 PM


steve metz

Well, thats the dumbest thing I've heard today.

Jul 2 - 03:57 PM


Vito Gillis

This movie is NOT about trying to predict inventions in the actual 2001. What an idiot.

Aug 25 - 11:51 AM

Nick Oberly

Nick Oberly

So right. Though even if it isn't it was really visionary a lot of it came true.

Jun 9 - 02:37 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

Anyone who thinks this movie is bad should die.

Aug 29 - 05:43 PM

Gabriel Burton

Gabriel Burton

I almost did...of boredom...watching it.

Jun 24 - 10:38 PM


Cherry Pop

I'm guessing movies longer than 45 minutes aren't your forte, huh? I'd think you were a six year old.

Jul 5 - 04:51 PM

Jared Robb

Jared Robb

i did of boredom for a few minutes, but then i fell out of my seat& came back to life

Jul 9 - 08:52 AM

Alex H.

Alex Haines

woah, i love 2001, but isn't that taking it a little too far

Aug 22 - 08:57 PM


kev sull

Sep 3 - 04:28 PM


Jane Holt

This guy has to be my least favorite critic here at RT. Well, besides Victoria Alexander, of course...

Sep 16 - 02:44 PM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

What about Cole Smithy, or Jonathan Rosenbaum?

Jul 27 - 06:56 PM

Michael Hirakida

Michael Hirakida

I choose Jonathan Rosenbaum as the worst critic of all time.

Jan 7 - 10:31 PM


m z

Oct 13 - 11:30 PM


Adam Curtis

The most cinematically ignorant movie critic in the world, Stephen Hunter.

Nov 10 - 01:05 PM


Adam Curtis

The most cinematically ignorant movie critic in the world, Stephen Hunter.

Nov 10 - 01:05 PM

Peter E.

Peter Ermish

Mr. Hunter has foolishly crossed the lone between serious professionalism and false conceit. His problem is now that he can never go back to relevance. He is now irrelevant. Hope it was worth the fleeting attention he was grasping at.

Mar 3 - 01:36 AM

Gabriel Burton

Gabriel Burton

The cinematography was great, it just needed to be cut down by, like, two thirds.

Jun 24 - 10:40 PM


Joey Mauro

If this is what you believe then you're just simply never going to understand this film. I'm amazed you're a hired film critic.

Nov 12 - 08:46 AM


John Moffet

I hope this critic dies a slow and painful death and then goes to a hell where his bad reviews are read to him over and over again

Nov 18 - 02:57 PM


Edin Sabanovic

I hope HAL gets you. And imprisons you in a small room where you will watch this movie for all eternity, you crackpot.

Sep 16 - 05:10 AM


Edin Sabanovic

Don't worry. HAL will get him eventually, put him to hibernation and force him to dream this film for all eternity. 'Nuff said.

Sep 16 - 05:11 AM


Ohad Akhtari

This movie for the most part focuses on images and fantasy. It's each individual's way of thinking and perceptions which decide the final judgment.

Nov 24 - 05:42 PM


Sean Cohan

Dec 2 - 04:00 PM

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