Interstellar

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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: 89 out of 682
  1. Mar 28, 2015
    10
    Holy moly. When I first saw Interstellar I said "wow, this is a moving picture, these pictures are moving to create a story of love, sacrificeHoly moly. When I first saw Interstellar I said "wow, this is a moving picture, these pictures are moving to create a story of love, sacrifice and above all spaceships that twirl in outer space." Don't take my word for it, go out to your nearest video store and experience the unmatched match made in heaven that is Interstellar: This is a movie. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2014
    10
    a new cristopher nolan masterpiece with a complex story, great photography, it even had matt demon. it may not be as good as inception buta new cristopher nolan masterpiece with a complex story, great photography, it even had matt demon. it may not be as good as inception but still have a 10/10 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. Nov 10, 2014
    8
    Personally I felt Interstellar was a great film that sometimes struggled to get to the point. Graphically the film is one of the best of itsPersonally I felt Interstellar was a great film that sometimes struggled to get to the point. Graphically the film is one of the best of its kind, It also really makes you the feel that the clock is ticking. Its a film that keeps you on the edge of you seat right until the end. You never know which way it will go. Also Nolan left the ending on a slight cliff hanger so potentially a 2nd Interstellar may be on the books. It is a complex film but Space is a complex subject. Nolan took this film to a whole new level, making you want to know more & leaving you wanting a second film. Expand
  6. Jan 8, 2015
    7
    Visually it's stunning, but the space epic that is Interstellar just doesn't stand up, to not only other great films of the genre, but to theVisually it's stunning, but the space epic that is Interstellar just doesn't stand up, to not only other great films of the genre, but to the films in the repertoire of Christopher Nolan. The concept is complex but just doesn't leave the viewer asking questions for months to come. The run-time is indeed very long but isn't what holds the movie back. The performances by the cast including the incredible Jessica Chastain and Oscar winners Mathew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are great but not as memorable as one might expect except for maybe Mconaughey. It's complex and emotional and has a great meaning but just not there with the classics, similar to Nolan's last effort The Dark Knight Rises its enjoyable and is definitely worth watching but just doesn't hit the bar that is where we know a Nolan film can go. Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2015
    0
    I thought the movie would be somewhat Hard Science Fiction, and the first half of the movie is definitely done that way. But then a littleI thought the movie would be somewhat Hard Science Fiction, and the first half of the movie is definitely done that way. But then a little over halfway through all of that goes out the window as one completely ridiculous scene after another unfolds itself. And what started as a believable story now has anyone with even a basic knowledge/interest in physics/astronomy cringe like their life depended on it.

    Even so.. Despite thinking this was going to be hard science fiction.. I don't mind fantasy being unrealistic, over the top or outright silly. After all I'm a huge Doctor Who fan. Disregarding the bad physics, the movie is still ruined by the plot holes, slow and ultimately nonsensical story progression.
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