2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 25, 1998
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of the most influential of all sci-fi films -- and one of the most controversial -- Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is a delicate, poetic meditation on the ingenuity -- and folly -- of mankind.

Hollywood Reporter

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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Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker

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.

Kate Muir
Times [UK]

Kubrick's spaceships are perhaps little more than Airfix models, but he makes them majestic, even awesome in the proper sense of the word.

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TIME Magazine

Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

It's an overpowering experience, awe-inspiringly photographed by Geoffrey Unsworth, groundbreakingly enhanced by Douglas Trumbull.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

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?

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Top marks for craftsmanship is an understatement.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
It's like, whoa, you know? I'm glad I got to see this on the big screen because it was just like...whoa...you know? During the first however many… More
Carlos Magalh„es
With an extraordinary production design and cinematography - which includes mind-blowing photographic effects - this impressive work of poetic contemplation… More
familiar stranger
The widely acclaimed one of the best movies ever gave me once in a lifetime experience. Indeed once in a lifetime it was. And I'll like it to remain that… More
Michael Edwards
A fantastic film about the meditation of technology and evolution of man with a fantastic villain, fantastic effects for the time and great actors
xGary Xx
2001 is a film that does not concern anything so trite as human relationships. 2001 is a film of a scale so epic as to never have been conceived before. Up… More
Joe McCall
Every once in a while a work comes along that's so good that it destroys the genre forever. No Scifi movie can ever top 2001. The obsessive compulsive… More

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