Time magazine ponders its opinion of 2001: A Space Odyssey

August 2, 1968
2001: A Space Odyssey has as its key character a shining oblong object symbolizing a great extraterrestrial intelligence that has overseen mankind since the Pliocene age. Though it fails as drama, Stanley Kubrick’s venture succeeds as dazzling visual art.

August 30, 1968
2001: A Space Odyssey. Director Stanley Kubrick attempts to create a new language to describe the future on the screen. His grammar is faultless, his pronunciation beautiful, his message obscure.

October 10, 1968
2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick’s cosmic parable of the history and future of man contains some of the most stunning and visual pyrotechnics in the history of the motion picture.

October 18, 1968
2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick’s cosmic parable of the history and future of man contains the most stunning technical effects and visual pyrotechnics in motion-picture history.

December 27, 1968
2001: A Space Odyssey. An epic film about the history and future of man, brilliantly directed by Stanley Kubrick. The special effects are mind-blowing.

September 12, 1969
2001: A Space Odyssey. Man’s first step on the moon lends new immediacy to Stanley Kubrick’s epic film about a voyage to Jupiter that assumes awesome metaphysical consequences. Kubrick is one of the best American filmmakers, and 2001 may be his masterpiece.

From The Making of Kubrick’s 2001, Signet Books, 1970.

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