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2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

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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
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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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 5, 2002
High marks for Kubrick the special-effects man; but where was Kubrick the director?
Jim Watters
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
2001 is a challenge. Kubrick met his challenge with unquestioned success.
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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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+
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
Jamie S. Rich
September 26, 2002
Kubrick's technical wizardry remains astonishing, far outpacing today's work that uses the same computers Kubrick could only imagine might one day exist.
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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