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Wednesday, 4 April, 2001, 08:19 GMT 09:19 UK
Press Reviews: 2001: A Space Odyssey
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2001: A Space Odyssey - a work of authentic genius?
The national press reviews 2001: A Space Odyssey


The Daily Telegraph

An obvious year to re-release Kubrick's majestic classic, and an unmissable opportunity to catch it in its full widescreen glory.

The opening desert vistas are as breathtaking as anything the director turned his eye to, and space has never looked blacker or scarier.

A boldly abstract voyage into the past and future of human evolution, it's in many ways his least misanthropic work.

But the dilemma of technological advancement and the attendant threat of dehumanization are probed in unsurpassed detail.


The Times

Rereleased after a third of a century, 2001: A Space Odyssey holds on to its status as one of the most impressive of all films - and one of the least involving.

The cosmic vistas are awe-inspiring, but awe casts a shadow, and the shadow is boredom.

Arthur C. Clarke, co-author of the screenplay, may have thought he was prophesying a thrilling future for humanity beyond the stars, but Stanley Kubrick made sure we register more keenly the amount of time spent waiting for things to happen, in intermediate places that are not like places at all.


The Guardian

The ambition and epic conceit of Kubrick's great sci-fi adventure of 1968 are still breathtaking: perhaps the only work whose great spaces and silences can satisfactorily absorb the Master's tendency to redundancy and longueurs.

If any film deserves to be called a work of authentic genius, it is this one: designed, produced, directed and co-written by a moviemaker who combined a thrilling sense of scale with a miniaturist's eye for detail.

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