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2001: A Space Odyssey Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Watching this film demands two qualities that are sadly lacking in all but the most mature and sophisticated audiences: patience and a willingness to ponder the meaning of what's transpiring on screen. 2001 is awe inspiring, but it is most definitely not a "thrill ride." It is art, it is a statement, and it is indisputably a cinematic classic.

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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Still the grandest of all science-fiction movies.

  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Only a few films are transcendent, and work upon our minds and imaginations like music or prayer or a vast belittling landscape...Alone among science-fiction movies, 2001 is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A masterpiece that can still leave you dizzy with wonder. As much as any movie ever made, this visionary science-fiction tale of space travel and first contact with extraterrestrial life is a spellbinding experience.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an eye-opening experience for older children, with much to ponder and push teens to a greater appreciation of the mystery of life and the universe. They should also be aware that this classic is slow-moving and it could lose audiences expecting a fast-paced sci-fi movie in a spaceship. Patience and a willingness to fall into the suspense of the film are necessary.

  • Families can talk about more subtle aspects of the film they might have missed: Why is the moment the apes use tools a turning point? What does the monolith represent?

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    Violence: Characters in peril and some are killed.

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