Box art for 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

sci-fi & fantasy


The sci-fi masterpiece from acclaimed producer/director Stanley Kubrick ("A Clockwork Orange," "The Shining," "Full Metal Jacket") about a space voyage to Jupiter that turns chaotic

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    95%
  • Audience Score
    89%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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, Friday, November 2, 2001

Fresh: For all the essential coldness of Kubrick's vision, it demands attention as superior sci-fi, simply because it's more concerned with ideas than with Boy's Own-style pyrotechnics.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Audience Reviews

5 stars

One of the greatest movies of all time. This movie has so many deep meaning and messages and is just amazing. A very complex movie that nobody will ever figure out completely which is why it's so great along with the story and special affects are amazing too. Grade: A

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Sunday, November 7, 2010

4 stars

Beter defined as an experience more than just a movie, this is as groundbreaking as they come. Still looks incredible; you have to remember this was made a year before man ever left Earth's orbit. Far more baffling and terrifying than you might recall if you saw it many moons ago, HAL is both terrifying and sadly understandable, especially when you consider he is created by man for man. Not one I watch often, simply because of it's style, this is true cinema. If you have never seen 2001, you know nothing of cinema. Nuff said.

- guttersnipe28, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

5 stars

Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" is a visual feast for the eyes and a maddening study of humanity and the beyond for the brain. So insanely influential in it's storytelling, cinematography, acting and science fiction it was ripped off from the 70s to now.

- stevenecarrier, Thursday, October 14, 2010