2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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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 ...
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TIME Magazine
April 1, 2014
Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For all the essential coldness of Kubrick's vision, it demands attention as superior sci-fi, simply because it's more concerned with ideas than with Boy's Own-style pyrotechnics.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
It is an extraordinary, obsessive, beautiful work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 21, 2001
Yup, you guessed it -- a religious experience.
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 2, 2001
You can watch 2001 as a visual journey with nary a thought for what's under the surface or you can plunge into this vortex of interpretations. The great thing about 2001 is that either approach works fine. That's why it endures.
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February 13, 2001
2001 compares with, but does not best, previous efforts at science fiction.
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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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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.
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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
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Scott Rosenberg
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
I assumed that this was what all movies ought to be: treasures for moral and aesthetic contemplation that did not provide all their answers on first contact.