2001: A Space Odyssey Reviews

June 30, 2020
The faults of Space Odyssey are attributable to the fact that Kubrick is unwilling to give structure to his emotions, or to put in philosophical context ideas which have metaphysical connotations. There are three plots in Space Odyssey and they never mix.
May 3, 2018
Speculation and ambiguity are fine, but it does rather look as if Kubrick and his co-writer, Arthur C. Clarke, just haven't thought it through.
April 5, 2018
Aa whimsical space operetta, then frantically inflates itself again for a surreal climax in which the imagery is just obscure enough to be annoying, just precise enough to be banal.
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.
June 5, 2002
High marks for Kubrick the special-effects man; but where was Kubrick the director?
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.
February 13, 2001
2001 compares with, but does not best, previous efforts at science fiction.
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.