2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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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

TIME Magazine
Top Critic
April 1, 2014

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

Tom Milne
Guardian
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.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
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
LarsenOnFilm
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
Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker
Top Critic
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
ColeSmithey.com
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
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 29, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
November 19, 2007

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
November 8, 2007

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Film4
October 2, 2007

Prepare to be dazzled.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
May 8, 2007

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.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
May 8, 2007

It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good.

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