2001: A Space Odyssey
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A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a… More
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"2001 will emerge from its initial long-run Cinerama engagements and subsequent extended runs as one of MGM's all-time box office hits ..."
‑ , Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker
"Kubrick leaves usual considerations behind with his readiness to imagine a post-human future."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Extraordinary filmmaking, creating intellectual arguments mostly through image and music."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"[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."
‑ Tom Milne, Guardian
"Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Notoriously baffling yet oddly compelling..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's a must-see if you never have, even though its visual impact is seriously hampered by the small screen."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"...reaches for the stars and finds itself, against all odds, on the other side of them."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"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?"
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the true monoliths of all cinema."
‑ Josh Spiegel, Movie Mezzanine
"With the release of Stanley Kubrick's enigmatic space spectacle in 1968, the science-fiction film finally came of age."
‑ , Total Film
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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