2001: A Space Odyssey

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.

G 1968 141 minutes

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age 12+

Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 106 reviews

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age 13+

Mesmerizing but Slow with Evolutionary Propaganda

2001 A Space odyssey can have polarized opinion or rating. I chose to give 3-stars because the movie is visually and musically marvelous. The special effects are intriguing, especially when you consider, it was made in 1968 (without any CGI). It is very very slow, so if you are looking for a fast paced, space adventure, you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a thought provoking, deep movie experience, you will enjoy it. THEME: G.K.Chesterton once said, “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” And I believe it is apt for the evolutionary propaganda in this movie. The entire universe or at least our human world is shown to be controlled (profoundly impacted) by a rectangular granite slab (Monolith)!! It somehow imparts an intelligence to the primates and also futurist human society. This movie can be a great conversation starter with your teens about the origin, present condition and future destiny of our human race.

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Too much consumerism
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Too much violence

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