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Gravity Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

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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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    Variety Justin Chang

    The director’s long-overdue follow-up to “Children of Men” is at once a nervy experiment in blockbuster minimalism and a film of robust movie-movie thrills, restoring a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the bigscreen.

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The telling of this simple tale of survival required cutting-edge technology, but we don't notice the bells and whistles: They're on hand to immerse us in an unforgettable personal story.

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  • 100

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    Time Richard Corliss

    Gravity shows us the glory of cinema’s future. It thrills on so many levels. And because Cuar?ón is a movie visionary of the highest order, you truly can’t beat the view.

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  • 100

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Gravity isn't just a movie; it's almost transformative, and the visceral element is enhanced by the 3-D.

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  • 100

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    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    Gravity is harrowing and comforting, intimate and glorious, the kind of movie that makes you feel more connected to the world rather than less.

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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    In one form or another, motion pictures have been with us since the middle of the 19th century, but there's never been one like Gravity. What's new in Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D space adventure is the nature of the motion. It's as if the movie medium had been set free to dance in a bedazzling zero-gravity dream sequence.

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  • 100

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, Gravity is a thrillingly realized survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Intense, astonishing sci-fi thriller has real soul.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gravity (which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and was directed by Children of Men's Alfonso Cuaron) isn't your run-of-the-mill sci-fi thriller: It's a spare, elegant film that speaks to the mysteries of human emotion and space, as well as a stunning piece of moviemaking with depth and insight that make it an intense viewing experience (which is heightened, for the better, by the 3D presentation). Its mature themes -- including death and grief -- and scenes of gripping peril make it best for teens and adults. Younger kids may be frightened by some sequences, including one that's notably gory/gruesome. There's also some swearing (including both "f--k" and "s--t").

  • Families can talk about how Gravity is similar to, and different from, other movies about space. Is it a sci-fi movie, a thriller, a drama, or a combination of all three?
  • How do you explain the bevy of emotions that Dr. Stone experiences throughout the movie? Do you understand why she reacts this way?
  • Which is more memorable/impressive -- the film's technical achievements or its character drama? Why?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: The power of hope is boundless; it can push through darkness and propel you to survive.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Dr. Ryan Stone may seem broken, but her will to live is stronger than her darkest of days.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A debris shower in outer space, precipitated by the missile shooting of a satellite, wreaks havoc, slicing through space stations manned by humans. An astronaut is shown with half of his face broken off (gory but not especially bloody); other dead astronauts are shown floating, grievously injured. Two others are tossed around. Main characters face constant peril and danger. One "jump" scare scene.

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    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional use of "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "hell," "ass," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "son of a bitch."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: The NASA logo is (not surprisingly) everywhere, plus mentions of Facebook and NPR.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Talk of co-workers buying each other drinks.

Fan Reviews provided by

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Gravity by jaythor
Great special effects. Good acting by Sandra Bullock. BUT the character development is really thin, and the plot is entirely predictable. How did we know Bullock would get back to Earth safely???? Felt short-changed by the plot thinness. Why didn't someone on the pre-Oscar chit-chat TV shows warn us of the near-vacuum of plot in outer space??? But if you must see it, see it on a big screen. We're sorry it wasn't still showing in IMAX in our region. Wonderful cinematography and a lot of "How did they do that?" effects. But my respect for the "critics" has been undermined. -jay

5

Earth to AWESOMENESS!!! by Marc DeLeon
With a movie nominated for 10 Oscars and winning a total of 7 you can expect a magnificent well made movie. Oscar winner director Alfonso Cuaron takes you on a high flying adventure that's out of this world. Staring Sandra Bullock (Ryan stone) and George Clooney (Matt Kowalski) Two astronauts face a life or death situation, when a chain reaction caused by a Russian missile strike sends the two astronauts adrift they are forced to cope with the fact that they may never be rescued.

3

Rather blah by kay87120
My husband loves space movies and he liked this one way more than I did. I found the story very shallow and lacking anything I could really get into. Visually, it's amazing and that sort of keeps your attention but the dialogue is just not that great. I can't understand what it's nominated for so many Oscars. But go see it if you love space movies. I guess it's worth seeing just for the effects. Just don't expect too much!

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An hour and a half of my life I will never get back. by argus1982
Can't believe all these glowing reviews. Did they see the same movie I did? By all means go if you think you will enjoy an hour and a half of listening to Sandra Bullock going "Nuh-uh-uh-uh-uh." That is the level of dialogue in this film. Never though I would so thoroughly pan a movie starring Bullock and George Clooney, but if they took money for this, they should be ashamed. Not to put too fine a point on it, I found this movie absolutely dreadful--boring, boring, boring and often ridiculous. I don't know what happened to Clooney because I was asleep when it happened.

5

Gravity None Up Where They were... by jonlauletta
o.k., so here's the deal sandra bullock & george clooney are spectacular in this movie. I t was entertaining from start to finish! Loved it. Gravity is a must see. I won't tell you to much but it's about outerspace!!! This movie rockzz.

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Don't get your hopes up by starrygirl2003
One word. BORING! The movie has a lot of plot holes and inaccuracies in terms of space activity. It's more suited for people who like astronauts and space movies. I loved George Clooney's character and I was disappointed in the way he was left to die. Though I like Sandra Bullock, I didn't care for her character. She was very uninteresting and I concluded that I didn't care if she lived or died at the end of the movie. It does get points for some nice special effects, but other then that and George Clooney's performance this movie was VERY lacklustre. Definitely not worth all the nominations for Academy Awards or the hype it gets. Don't waste your breath on this!

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See this before by buffetfan1102
If you have seen the movie Apollo 13 you have seen this movie. Nothing new. basically a space rescue. I am shocked that it was even considered for best picture. Maybe a good rental

3

decent movie by mustangsangel13280
good movie - but not much story to it. Not good for someone with breathing issues - as i have cause i held my breath over half the movie. The visuals were great though and very breathtaking.

5

Gravity Review by daniellong24
It's rare to view a film with only two actors, but it was very well done. Nonstop action and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

4

Must See on Big Screen by patbuclover
An edge of your seat excitement! Sandra Bullock amazing job showing great range! Particularly liked floating tears in space.

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