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2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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Josh Spiegel
Movie Mezzanine

One of the true monoliths of all cinema.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

August 11, 2014
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

May 20, 2014
Sue Heal
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 1, 2014

Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

April 1, 2014

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

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 1, 2014
Tom Milne

[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.

Full Review Source: Guardian

April 1, 2014
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

December 24, 2013
Josh Larsen

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

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 4/4

September 8, 2013
Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker
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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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

January 12, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

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 Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 5/5

June 3, 2011
Phil Hall
Film Snobbery

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

Full Review Source: Film Snobbery | Original Score: 5/5

September 16, 2010
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

September 3, 2010
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

August 26, 2010
Rob Gonsalves

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 Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 29, 2008
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

November 19, 2007
Chris Barsanti

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 Source: | Original Score: 5/5

November 8, 2007


Prepare to be dazzled.

Full Review Source: Film4

October 2, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 8, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 8, 2007
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