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: January 1, 1968
DVD Release Date: August 25, 1998
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Critic Score: 94% 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.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

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.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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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Edmund Lee
South China Morning Post

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.

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John Mahoney
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.

D W Mault

The point of 2001 is not its drama but its philosophical experience and the monumental questions of historical discourse it evokes.

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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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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

A visual masterpiece, weakened by a glacial pace and an ambiguous ending.

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Kase Vollebregt
Kubrick's meditation on humanity and the universe is an unparalleled masterpiece and one of the most visceral and important films in cinema history.
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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
Eugene Bernabe
Although many will find it more than difficult to interpret upon first viewing, it cannot be denied how much of a visionary tale it was for a 1960s film. 2001:… More
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
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