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2001: A Space Odyssey

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United Kingdom, USA

1968

Rated G • 2h 29m

Director Stanley Kubrick

Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain

Genre Science Fiction, Mystery, Adventure

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Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer. When HAL begins to display increasingly strange behavior, the team is forced into a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

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The New York Times by

The movie is so completely absorbed in its own problems, its use of color and space, its fanatical devotion to science-fiction detail, that its is somewhere between hypnotic and immensely boring.
100

Empire by Angie Errigo

Its faults - sketchy narrative, overblown abstraction - are counterbalanced by its gripping engagement between man and machine, and its rhapsodic wonder at heaven and earth and the infinite beyond.
100

ReelViews by 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.
100

Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Its special effects are used so seamlessly as part of an overall artistic strategy that, as critic Annette Michelson has pointed out, they don't even register as such, and thus are almost impossible to trivialize, a feat unmatched in movies.
100

Chicago Tribune by 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.
100

Chicago Sun-Times by 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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