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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 4, 2014
    100
    Interstellar is simultaneously a big-budget science fiction endeavor and a very simple tale of love and sacrifice. It is by turns edgy, breathtaking, hopeful, and heartbreaking.
  2. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Oct 27, 2014
    100
    It’s a bold, beautiful cosmic adventure story with a touch of the surreal and the dreamlike, and yet it always feels grounded in its own deadly serious reality.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 4, 2014
    88
    This is epic cinema that begs to be compared to "2001: A Space Odyssey." But unlike Stanley Kubrick's psychedelic joyride, this journey is powered by a human heart.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 4, 2014
    75
    Einsteinian, Kubrickian, Malickian, Steinbeckian - Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's epically ambitious space opera, is all that. And more. And, alas, less.
  5. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Nov 3, 2014
    70
    Black holes, relativity, singularity, the fifth dimension! The talk is grand. There’s a problem, however. Delivered in rushed colloquial style, much of this fabulous arcana, central to the plot, is hard to understand, and some of it is hard to hear. The composer Hans Zimmer produces monstrous swells of organ music that occasionally smother the words like lava. The actors seem overmatched by the production.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    Oct 31, 2014
    67
    Interstellar, his (Nolan) sci-fi spectaculorama helixed around a father-daughter love story, is a gamble like no other in his career. It's his longest film, his headiest, his most personal. And, in its square-peg-in-a-round-wormhole stab at being the weepy motion-picture event of the year, it's also his sappiest.
  7. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Oct 27, 2014
    25
    Promising outer-space majesty and deep-thought topics like some modern variation on Stanley Kubrick's “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Interstellar instead plays like a confused mix of daringly unique space-travel footage like you’ve never seen and droningly familiar emotional and plot beats that you’ve seen all too many times before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 81 out of 616
  1. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    This is hands down the most beautiful and thought-provoking film Christopher Nolan has made to date! All of the film's elements come togetherThis is hands down the most beautiful and thought-provoking film Christopher Nolan has made to date! All of the film's elements come together marvelously, from the great acting and often times emotional story to the dazzling effects, images, and music! Matthew McConaughey gives a powerful and moving performance in the lead. There were also some great supporting performances from Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, etc. Hans Zimmer, who composed most of Nolan's previous films once again composes an epic and unforgettable score for this one as well. And of course, the effects are simply gorgeous, need I say more?! Despite the lengthy three-hour runtime, I didn't mind it a bit this time around, as the film kept me completely engaged from start to finish! Overall in my opinion, it's Nolan's absolute best film since The Dark Knight and is without a doubt the greatest film I've seen all year and I'd love to see if any other film this year can top this one for me, but I highly doubt it! Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2014
    10
    Interstellar is not only the best film of Nolan but also one of the best films of the century so far. With all the familiar elements ofInterstellar is not only the best film of Nolan but also one of the best films of the century so far. With all the familiar elements of Nolan's style it is bringing a new theme. A new class of directing and cinematography. Nolan is at his most powerful time, having the best plan for every shot and the ability to use them together in the most efficient way. Hans Zimmer's score is another positive point which brings the real action in to the incredible pictures of Hoyte Van Hoytema. Strongly suggested to be watched on IMAX, this breath taking film satisfies it's adventure seeking audiences. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2014
    10
    The best thing about Interstellar is that, like Inception, the science and the ideas are as real, as sophisticated, and as advanced, as anyThe best thing about Interstellar is that, like Inception, the science and the ideas are as real, as sophisticated, and as advanced, as any ideas out there. If you see a critic or somebody saying this is convoluted or overly complex that says more about their lack of understanding than about the movie. We should be thrilled Nolan is thinking about and making movies about these things. Bravo. Expand
  4. Nov 8, 2014
    9
    Breathtaking.
    Outstanding. The science checks out, at least theoretically, for the most part.
    The plot itself is pretty tight, although not
    Breathtaking.
    Outstanding. The science checks out, at least theoretically, for the most part.
    The plot itself is pretty tight, although not perfect.
    The effects are unreal though. I loved it.
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  5. Jun 3, 2015
    8
    Interstellar: "The end of earth will not be the end of us." A day is coming when Earth, home to humanity will no longer have what it takes toInterstellar: "The end of earth will not be the end of us." A day is coming when Earth, home to humanity will no longer have what it takes to sustain life. It is up to man and man alone kind to save our existence. Although this movie makes a very arrogant assumption regarding mankind's future abilities, it made for good entertainment. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2014
    7
    "Interstellar" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: At times, the film is gripping and borders on epic. The characters are well
    "Interstellar" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: At times, the film is gripping and borders on epic. The characters are well written and fleshed out. McConaughey turns in one of the best performances that I have ever seen him give and his supporting cast (Hathaway, Caine, Affleck, Chastain, Bentley, and Damon) are also superb. The scientific aspects are fascinating and the science geek in me was very entertained for stretches. Nolan's depiction of the fall of humanity feels realistic (even if it's a tad preposterous) and hits home. Also, as McConaughey drifts further and further away from his family, you feel it. Well done, for the most part.

    The Bad: At just under three hours, the film is too long. I personally don't usually mind lengthy films, but at times it feels drawn out for the sake of drawing it out ... especially near the end. Eventually, all the bad luck that the crew faces starts to wear on you. It feels near constant and also puts them in situations that they get out of by performing impossible feats or suddenly have a stroke of good luck instead. Lastly, the technical aspects will lose some. While I enjoy hearing people chat about time/space distortion, relativity, event horizons, and quantum physics ... I can only listen to so much of it and can't imagine how someone who ISN'T interested in those subjects would feel.
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  7. Jun 7, 2015
    0
    Wow - I am impressed. Nolan could not have made this worse if he tried. I never thought I'd see any SF movie worse than Prometheus, but thisWow - I am impressed. Nolan could not have made this worse if he tried. I never thought I'd see any SF movie worse than Prometheus, but this takes the cake. Your typical 11 year old (well, at least in my country, where we take education seriously) could point out the major flaws in the attempts at "science" in this movie, but even the drama suffers from implausible and inconsistent "deus ex machina" style constructs. I hope anyone who gave this more than a 0 got a hefty payoff from the publishers, otherwise I fear for the future of mankind. Expand

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