2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 2, 2001
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.
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February 13, 2001
2001 compares with, but does not best, previous efforts at science fiction.
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Renata Adler
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Josh Spiegel
Movie Mezzanine
August 11, 2014
One of the true monoliths of all cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
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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.
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
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 5, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2010
Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 20, 2006
Part space opera, part cinematic symphony and part horror story, the film is a shape-shifting painting.
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 20, 2014
Extraordinary filmmaking, creating intellectual arguments mostly through image and music.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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
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.
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+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 26, 2001
If you ask me, Kubrick's effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which were made by human hands, are still unsurpassed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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