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2001: A Space Odyssey

  PG Closed Captioning

Stanley Kubrick

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Plot Summary

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: 62
  • Fresh: 59
  • Rotten: 3
  • 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: 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

Fresh: You can watch 2001 as a visual journey with nary a thought for what's under the surface or you can plunge into this vortex of interpretations. The great thing about 2001 is that either approach works fine. That's why it endures. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, 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.

One Of the Greatest Films Ever Created

2001: A Space Odyssey is a cinematic masterpiece. The beautiful combination of sight and sound create the greatest film ever. However, if one wishes to purchase this film, it is recommended that it is purchased for a widescreen HD television. The iPod screen is no way to view such a masterpiece.

Still on the fence

Having seen this a few times, I am still unable to find this movie interesting. Amazingly, 2010 was profoundly better. One day I hope to see 2001's value as a sci-fi movie.

2001: A Space Odyssey
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1968

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