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30,319 Ratings

2001: A Space Odyssey

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United Kingdom, United States, 1968
Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller


A mysterious black monolith encountered by our prehistoric past leaps millennia and connects to a future of colonised space. Where astronaut Bowman is about to explore uncharted territory. A poetic meditation on technology and humanity adapted from a story by the revered Arthur C. Clarke.

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2001: A Space Odyssey Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1969 | Winner: Best Effects, Special Visual Effects

1969 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

National Board of Review

1969 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1969 | 3 wins including: Best Art Direction

1969 | Nominee: Best Film

Not long ago, I got to see The Shining from a 35mm print and with an audience for the first time, and discovered that the film was a lot less scary and unsettling than I’d remembered, and a heck of a lot funnier. . . . It’s the most obviously flawed of Kubrick’s late films (the second half can be enervating), but also an unambiguous depiction of depression and of toxic male ego.
June 30, 2018
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However well Kubrick’s most audacious movie may work on a large TV monitor, it is difficult to recapture the quality of the spectacle that, projected in 70mm on a Cinerama screen two stories tall, rendered the moon landing fifteen months later anticlimactic. The opportunity has returned.
June 26, 2018
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I will (try to) never say anything mean about Christopher Nolan’s movies ever again, because what he’s pulled off is pretty astonishing. . . . The distance between you and a very large image has been minimized, and the level of detail is outstanding. You can really peer into this image and probe wherever you’d like.
June 25, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Rewatched this for the first time in 50 years, and so glad to be able to see it at the Pacific Film Archive, a cathedral for Cinema. I saw The Shining for the first time a couple of months ago, and couldn't help but notice so many similarities, visually and thematically. 4.5*

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    It's a masterpiece—you know that. So instead I'll talk about the 70mm showing at the Aero, where a girl in a Tarot t-shirt took my ticket, a small refugee camp for the dizzy formed in the lobby during the stargate scene, and a no-fucks-to-give Gary Lockwood (Frank Poole) was there to sign autographs in hustle mode. He kept trying to upsell the poster also signed by Keir Dullea. Apparently you could clean up on eBay.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    A legend, a film that inspired so many since. Aesthetically it's stunning - the set and art design, the use of colour are all impressive. Re-watching it after several years, I'm surprised how badly this film has aged in some respects - the music gave me a headache, the landing/take off sequences seem to take forever, the 1960's fascination with apes, and most of all - the plot that has lost its visionary appeal...

  • Aprilia Gunawan's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Most likely not the most original commentaries. Immensely thought-provoking and way ahead of its time, especially in terms of production design. An ambition well paid-off with the aid of the music direction, highlighting every emotion existed within this masterpiece; special mention goes to Karajan's Also Sprach Zarathustra that brought out eerie-ness I never thought existed.

  • Eric Rucker's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    I loved the last triptych panel as much as I detested the execution of 1st. Put me in the Playtime-Solaris camp. This is interesting and adventurous but massively overrated. Too many fanboys out there can’t move beyond spectacle, won’t struggle with art, poetry, the folding and forging of idea and form and medium into an indissoluble thing, a touchstone for philosophy, for truth and heart, for our actual evolution.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    *Dodging bullets* A film that shows that tepid coffeehouse culture posing as high-intellect evolving into a pop-culture zeitgeist surely wasn’t started with Nolan/PTA, but maybe this Kubrick pic, that's akin-oddly worshipped. In the worst of his most-highly regarded films, Kubrick is both as in-succinct as Nolan and just as smug as Anderson. Has fine elements, but feels too-cocksure in most of its celebrated virtues.

  • msmichel's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Essential cinema. Kubrick's magnificent creation stands the test of time regardless of its due date long past. The film's iconic stature cannot be diminished regardless of advances in technology and visual effects. The meticulous calculation in all aspects of the film's creation is evident throughout. A head trip for the ages still being discussed almost 50 years later. 'Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true'

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Existentialism in excelsis. Ravishing, cryptic and engrossing in turns, this is commercial cinema as its finest with an extraordinary synthesis of cerebalism, sound and visual imagery (if not story telling in its conventional form). A rare multi-headed hydra that repays repeated viewing and never quite reveals all (thank goodness).

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