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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

Directors Guild of America

1969 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

What are people saying?

  • Nick Schwab'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 his worst, most-highly respected film, 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).

  • 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.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

    For as great as the HAL 9000 part of this legendary film might be I find myself always drawn towards the dawn of man sequence for it's stark colors, freakish sound and for it's portrayal of a past that feels so raw and oddly surreal. This is a film that's pointless to review. I could give it 0 stars and yet it won't stop anyone from watching. It's too iconic, original and influential to avoid watching. So....Watch it

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

    It still holds up remarkably well after a couple of views. It's a cryptic, timeless, incredibly ambitious and visually outstanding journey from the beginning of Time to the Future. A true masterpiece, greater than its "sci-fi" label. For me, only Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" has pulled off something similar, but with a more emotional and poetic approach.

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

    The first time I ever saw the abstract, kaleidoscope space passage sequence, I remember staring at the screen for minutes thinking "this is one of the coolest things I've ever seen." If anyone ever asks you what's so great about 70mm films, show them 2001.

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

    One of the space early space movies that has aged better, with an outstanding cinematography, unforgatable scenes, breathtaking athmosphere and a quite original screenplay. Part of what made this film special could be explained by the colaboration between sci-fi author Arthur C. Clark and director Stanley Kubrick. Both wrote it together, producing an artwork a lot more interesting than book-to-film adapations are.

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