2010: The Year We Make Contact
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This belated sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is directed by Peter Hyams. Roy Scheider plays the astronaut/skipper of a U.S.-Soviet space mission, sent to find out what happened to the missing Discovery flight that carried Keir Dullea into the beyond in the original 2001. Scheider's polyglot crew includes Americans John Lithgow and Bob Balaban (the latter a computer whiz, responsible for the notorious HAL 9000) and Russians Helen Mirren, Elya Baskin and Natasha Schneider. The reason for this international mixture is that the world is on the brink of nuclear war,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Flash: There is intelligent life in outer space. More, anyway, than in this amiable footnote of a movie."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A good-looking, sharp-edged, entertaining, exciting space opera."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It has all the right plot elements, dramatic tension, and eye-popping special effects. The performances are uniformly good, the space-adventure scenes are excitingly handled, and the reappearance of HAL 9000 and Dullea is downright eerie."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What is 2010 but a conservative Cold War "message" flick."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A vastly underappreciated sequel with a fine lead performance by Roy Scheider. Director Peter Hyams took a huge gamble, and succeeds beautifully."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"A hodge-podge of bits and pieces."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A lot of care has gone into it, but it has no satirical substructure to match that of the Kubrick film, and which was eventually responsible for that film's continuing popularity."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It can't hope to compete with Kubrick, but if you can distance Peter Hyams's picture from its formidable forerunner, you'll find a thoughtful and sometimes unforgettable science-fiction fable."
‑ , Film4
"...a good, well-made, tightly-knit, nicely-acted science-fiction sequel, yet one that clearly lacks the vision and scope of its illustrious predecessor."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Scheider does a fine job in an above average film."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Hyams' sequel to Kubrick's big daddy of sci-fi movies may not have the novelty of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it is still a better film than anyone could have dared to expect."
‑ , Time Out
"Now that enough time has elapsed since the release of 2010 for outraged 2001 fans to calm down, it can be seen that, while there was no decisive creative reason for Hyams' sequel to exist, it's not a bad movie."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A much slicker, studio-friendly job than the first one was, with its much more famous cast, and its easier aesthetic."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A wholly thrilling, beautifully shot sequel to a sci-fi classic"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A wondrous piece of science fiction."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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