Somewhere between hypnotic and immensely boring.
Renata Adler - New York Times
[Retains] its artistic magnificence after more than 30 years.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Now, seen in the actual 2001, it's less a visionary masterpiece than a crackpot Looney Tune, pretentious, abysmally slow, amateurishly acted and, above all, wrong.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is some sort of great film, and an unforgettable endeavor. Technically and imaginatively, what he put into it is staggering.
Penelope Gilliatt - New Yorker
The film creates its effects essentially out of visuals and music. It is meditative. It does not cater to us, but wants to inspire us, enlarge us.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It is an extraordinary, obsessive, beautiful work of art.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
The film's projections of the cold war and antiquated product placements may look quaint now, but the poetry is as hard-edged and full of wonder as ever.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
It was a freshening attitude then, though its long-term effects haven't been all to the good.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
2001 compares with, but does not best, previous efforts at science fiction.
Robert B. Frederick - Variety
I assumed that this was what all movies ought to be: treasures for moral and aesthetic contemplation that did not provide all their answers on first contact.
Scott Rosenberg - Salon.com
A cold, majestic motion picture, a movie that seeks to remind us of the vastness of space and our relatively insignificant place in it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Matched Kubrick's photographic eye to a story about watching, transformed him into a director of the epic, and made one giant leap in sci-fi cinema that's never been matched.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest films of all time and it is the director's most profound and confounding exploration of humanity's relationship to technology, violence, sexuality and social structures.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Perhaps the beauty of 2001 is appreciating that some of the best stories are the ones that are half-told.
Phil Hall - Film Snobbery
With his virtuosic adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's novel, Stanley Kubrick invented the modern science fiction film.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Kubrick set out to make "the proverbial good science-fiction film," but he came out the other side with something far more ornery and profound.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Central to the profundity of the film is the notion that few things are more meaningful than a child's first steps, the emotive impact of this scenario manifest in every one of the film's dizzying set pieces, albeit multiplied to epic proportions.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
2001 certainly is a colossal bore, unless you're on its wavelength, in which case it's one of the greatest films of all time.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Prepare to be dazzled.
Dean Essner - Film4
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
It has reached the status of Art, meaning that it's going to go on provoking strong opinions.
Mark Bourne - DVDJournal.com
What else can such a film be called but ART?
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Still one of the best
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Part space opera, part cinematic symphony and part horror story, the film is a shape-shifting painting.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
The most influential sci-fi film ever made, 2001 caused culture shock when released, forever changing the conventions, style, and prestige of the previously debased genre
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Une lecon de cinema par l'un de ses plus grands artisans.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
2001 speaks by monolith -- that is, by image, metaphor, poetry, and suggestion.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Doesn't just depict a quantum leap forward in human consciousness it practically requires such a leap, on an individual scale, from the viewer.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Arguably the greatest science fiction movie ever made.
Matt Zoller Seitz - New York Press
2001 alters the relationship between sound and the image, expands the technical possibilities of the medium and exists, in simple terms, as an example of cinema in its purest yet most optimistic and limitless terms.
Nik Huggins - Future Movies UK
A beautiful, confounding picture that had half the audience cheering and the other half snoring.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Those who love it as passionately as I do realize this film is about more than dialogue, plot, or space ships. Its uniqueness permits it to transcend the ordinary, becoming a movie not about one human but the entire human species.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
If I were pressed to come up with the best film from my favorite director, it could well be this one.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
One of the most mysterious, talked about, and intellectually stimulating films of all time.
Derek Smith - Apollo Guide
If you can surrender to it, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is a mind-shaper.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
It expresses the hope that we'll soon be done with being idiotic ape creatures and can look forward to superior incarnations.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
In this science fiction masterpiece, Stanley Kubrick tracks the odyssey of mankind, from the dawn of man four million years ago to the exploration of deep space.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Works best if viewed as a symphony.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
If you ask me, Kubrick's effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which were made by human hands, are still unsurpassed.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
2001 will doubtless retain its mythic resonance -- an optimistic prediction of first contact with other, presumably wiser, life forms -- long after we've stopped scribbling that cluster of numbers in our checkbooks.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Yup, you guessed it -- a religious experience.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
A celestial alignment of man, medium, and material.
Tom Block - culturevulture.net
It still makes a spectacular impression today, and we can easily see how it influenced future films...
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Awesome, influential, mind-blowing, cool, obsessional, pretentious -- 2001 is all of these.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Few works in cinema can prudently and soberly be described as religious experiences: 2001 A Space Odyssey is one of them.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Pure unadulterated sci-fi and there's nothing like it and probably never will be again.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
There is simply no substitute for the cinema experience
Shane Burridge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Its intelligent attempt at exploring human development is as relevant today - long after the date the movie's climactic events are set - as when it was released in 1968.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
This is the way this ground-breaking monument was meant to be seen: in mind-boggling 70mm.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Its triumph lies in its scope of cinematic splendour and the attempt to marry some of man's most beautiful music to the infinite mystery of space.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
It's a film based on self-discovery and intellect and contemplation.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is a landmark, science fiction classic, an epic film containing more spectacular imagery than verbal dialogue.
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
As close to perfection as one movie can be.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It could be the greatest freak-out of all time.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com