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2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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Edmund Lee
South China Morning Post
April 11, 2016
With its breathtaking photography and a still-unparalleled sense of wonder, the film demonstrated Kubrick's single-minded focus to inspire awe in his audience.
D W Mault
April 11, 2016
The point of 2001 is not its drama but its philosophical experience and the monumental questions of historical discourse it evokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
April 3, 2016
A small sphere of intellectuals will feel that Kubrick has said something, simply because one expected him to say something. ... Most moviegoers will only wish that Mr. Kubrick would come back down to earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 31, 2016
A visual masterpiece, weakened by a glacial pace and an ambiguous ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
February 16, 2016
I shall go and see it again as soon as possible, for one thing is clear. Man has shrunk space, but Kubrick has expanded the cinema.
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
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
November 29, 2014
It's an overpowering experience, awe-inspiringly photographed by Geoffrey Unsworth, groundbreakingly enhanced by Douglas Trumbull.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 28, 2014
Top marks for craftsmanship is an understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 27, 2014
Kubrick leaves usual considerations behind with his readiness to imagine a post-human future.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 18, 2014
Notoriously baffling yet oddly compelling...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Mahoney
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 ...
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
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TIME Magazine
April 1, 2014
Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art.
Tom Milne
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.
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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
Josh Larsen
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
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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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