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2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 2, 2001
Robert B. Frederick
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2001 compares with, but does not best, previous efforts at science fiction.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 13, 2001
Renata Adler
New York Times
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The movie is so completely absorbed in its own problems, its use of color and space, its fanatical devotion to science-fiction detail, that its is somewhere between hypnotic and immensely boring.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
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
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
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Those who love it as passionately as I do realize this film is about more than dialogue, plot, or space ships. Its uniqueness permits it to transcend the ordinary, becoming a movie not about one human but the entire human species.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 4/4

March 5, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film creates its effects essentially out of visuals and music. It is meditative. It does not cater to us, but wants to inspire us, enlarge us.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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A cold, majestic motion picture, a movie that seeks to remind us of the vastness of space and our relatively insignificant place in it.

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

January 1, 2000
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Part space opera, part cinematic symphony and part horror story, the film is a shape-shifting painting.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

March 20, 2006
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
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
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
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
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

If you ask me, Kubrick's effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which were made by human hands, are still unsurpassed.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2001
Tom Milne
Guardian [UK]

[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 [UK]

April 1, 2014
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
Christopher Null

It could be the greatest freak-out of all time.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
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