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2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]
December 1, 2014
Kubrick's spaceships are perhaps little more than Airfix models, but he makes them majestic, even awesome in the proper sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
November 29, 2014
It's an overpowering experience, awe-inspiringly photographed by Geoffrey Unsworth, groundbreakingly enhanced by Douglas Trumbull.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 28, 2014
Top marks for craftsmanship is an understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 27, 2014
Kubrick leaves usual considerations behind with his readiness to imagine a post-human future.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 18, 2014
Notoriously baffling yet oddly compelling...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Mahoney
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2014
2001 will emerge from its initial long-run Cinerama engagements and subsequent extended runs as one of MGM's all-time box office hits ...
Josh Spiegel
Movie Mezzanine
August 11, 2014
One of the true monoliths of all cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 20, 2014
Extraordinary filmmaking, creating intellectual arguments mostly through image and music.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Sue Heal
Radio Times
April 1, 2014
It's a must-see if you never have, even though its visual impact is seriously hampered by the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
April 1, 2014
With the release of Stanley Kubrick's enigmatic space spectacle in 1968, the science-fiction film finally came of age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
April 1, 2014
Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art.
Tom Milne
April 1, 2014
[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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 24, 2013
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
September 8, 2013
...reaches for the stars and finds itself, against all odds, on the other side of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker
January 14, 2013
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.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 12, 2012
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.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Hall
Film Snobbery
September 16, 2010
Perhaps the beauty of 2001 is appreciating that some of the best stories are the ones that are half-told.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
September 3, 2010
With his virtuosic adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's novel, Stanley Kubrick invented the modern science fiction film.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2010
Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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