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

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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


- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Not that I need to say much on the works of Stanley Kubrick, but this film is the visual manifestation of a magnificent space opera in which it flows like the score, changing with each note. Supplying some of the greatest practical effects ever put on film, a vast range of interpretations, and a viewing experience that can hardly be equaled, it makes us look into ourselves as well as the future of our species in equal measure. In addition to all of the landmarks that this film breaks in the realms of sic-fi, fantasy, character study, and filmmaking as a whole, it creates one of the greatest and most iconic film villains ever to grace the screen, HAL 9000. Not only serving as the film's antagonist, but also as a commentary on what humanity is racing toward, technological perfection, logical superiority and supersession by what we have created. Science fiction films after 1968 owe much of what they are to "2001", and to the film master Stanley Kubrick.

- tolkienfan101, Monday, March 19, 2012

5 stars

Probably the greatest sci-fi (and maybe) actual movie ever made, this movie was the first movie to break the mould with effects and style in sci-fi that everybody else followed. Kubrick's vision is perfect and his movie making a true art and skill, every angle is perfection and made to work beautifully from the lighting to the details on the costumes...its lavish. Almost an actual silent movie for the first 30mins, Kubrick has the nerve to not include any dialog making it truely unique, its just visual art accompanied by classical music, almost an intergalactic space age opera or ballet for the senses. The plot is also very good yet kinda minimalistic. Adapted from the Arthur C. Clarke novel, with his input, assistance and help from NASA this really put the film into the realms of pure reality and technological advancement to which no other films have bettered to this day. It takes a good few viewings to catch everything and understand the plot fully, as you do the film grows on you emotionally. Many don't understand the story and find it boring thus not enjoying the experience which is a shame, the same happened when it was first released, all I can say is read the book, read about the film, watch and learn. Epic in scope and unbeatable in most every department even to this day, the effects are tremendous despite being viewed in total silence for the most part. Add to that one of the greatest scores ever devised and you really can understand how this rates so high. What dissapoints me is we are now beyond this date and not up to the technology shown, even 2010 has been and gone and we're nowhere near Europa :( oh well.

- phubbs1, Sunday, May 6, 2012

4 stars

A fantastic film about the meditation of technology and evolution of man with a fantastic villain, fantastic effects for the time and great actors

- skeletonking101, Sunday, October 28, 2012