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2001: A Space Odyssey

HD   PG Closed Captioning


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About the Movie

A pair of astronauts heads to Jupiter to investigate a radio signal sent from a mysterious monolith on the moon, but their tranquil trip is endangered when their on-board computer begins acting oddly. The simple plot of director Stanley Kubrick's inspired space adventure (co-scripted with noted science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke) belies the profound philosophical implications of this classic film, which inspires viewers to ask questions about the nature of advanced civilizations . . . and of human consciousness. Nearly half a century after its release, the film's groundbreaking special effects are still breathtaking, and its ending still mind-bending.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 78
  • Fresh: 73
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 9.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick's venture succeeds as dazzling visual art. – TIME Magazine, Apr 1, 2014

Fresh: 2001 will emerge from its initial long-run Cinerama engagements and subsequent extended runs as one of MGM's all-time box office hits ... – John Mahoney, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 3, 2015

Fresh: 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. – Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker, Jan 14, 2013

Fresh: It is an extraordinary, obsessive, beautiful work of art. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Apr 1, 2014

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Customer Reviews

"However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." - Stanley Kubrick

Even in the aftermath of sci-fi classics such as Metropolis, The Day The Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet, Kubrick wanted to make what he considered to be the first good science fiction film. If 'good' meant 'realistic', 2001 potentially qualified.

Kubrick tackled the science of the space age, extraterrestrial life, human evolution and artificial intelligence in ways that were most original at that time. He even proposed the idea that God can be extraterrestrial. For its groundbreaking visualization, 2001 indeed demonstrates that the idea is what substantiates sci-fi. Kubrick wanted to make a good sci-fi film and instead he made the greatest.

Best scifi

This is the movie that got me interested in proper films. It's amazing some people say its boring and I guess that's fair enough but it was never meant to be an action flick. Just sit back watch it and enjoy the ride.

Absolutely and completely bizarre...

This movie can be very difficult to follow. It takes a certain person to really enjoy and appreciate this film. I personally, still don't understand, but for the select few, it could be an amazing expirence.

2001: A Space Odyssey
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2001

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  1. Stanley Kubrick 7 Film Collection, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.