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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: 75 out of 573
  1. Nov 13, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sci Fi fan here, never heard of the director, dont care etc. I watch movies.

    I really liked Interstellar. If you like a good, real science fiction story, then this is the one to see. If you are a Dad with a daughter or 3 and you like science fiction then you really have to see this.

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    Some scientist can outmatch a former fighter and test pilot really? I mean he's matt daemon, got it - but there is no way a test pilot would have just stood there after some dude rips off his comms transmitter. AND THEN said dude, who is some scientist would no way beat the crap out of a test pilot.

    That's my only complaint.
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  2. Nov 17, 2014
    10
    Awesome movie i was sucked in after the first 5 min. on a journey a great sci fi journey showing a lot of humanity love hope loss i could keepAwesome movie i was sucked in after the first 5 min. on a journey a great sci fi journey showing a lot of humanity love hope loss i could keep going, but this movie is not about being realistic (as some complains) or keeping facts correct this is sci fi in the cool way telling a story even being philosophical damned best movie in ages a clera 10 from me 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 12, 2014
    9
    Well, one off from two of this year's most expected movies alongside 'The Battle of Five Armies'. Like all the Chris Nolan fans, I was equallyWell, one off from two of this year's most expected movies alongside 'The Battle of Five Armies'. Like all the Chris Nolan fans, I was equally excited to see the movie on the opening day opening show. But I slightly disappointed that it was not a digital 3D film. I agree, this science-fiction was more dramatized than usual space travel stories does with an adventure-thriller. Almost a 3 hour long stretch movie did not waste much time to take us to the core of the story. Get prepared for this extremely rare voyage into the space with a logical explanation for everything you see on the screen. Well done research for the most matured and intelligent writing. All the credit must go to Nolan brothers. A good sign from Jonathan Nolan, who can make big in the entertainment industry in a future like his brother.

    As we know many had liked 'Inception', to me that was a simple multi-layered action movie, that's all. But the same stuffs that used in this film makes sense. In fact, you have to have a little knowledge over how the universe works, so then it will be easy to catch the scene and situations while watching the movie. Totally like a documentary style concept, but with the additional stuffs like characters and its emotions add flavor that gives a movie look. An educational movie, though it also can work for those who wants just entertainment. Only the slow movie pace would test their patience.

    It was the story of a family alongside the future of humankind and decoding universal mysteries through travelling in space and time. This movie would a reasonable for those who thought '2001: A Space Odyssey' is a boring piece, Cleverly written cinematic piece especially for science geeks. I don't know how perfect the movie to the actual present astrophysics, but will justify for the common people's capacity of understanding with an encourageable amount of commercial elements in it to entertain as well.

    The first three quarters of the movie was well made. It puts me in a unblinkable position like a story was narrated by Brian Cox in a television series. Like I said, lots of astrophysics involved in it, but strangely human emotions were also exhibited equally that I never expected one from Nolan film. It was not an ordinary sentiment, but was strong enough to make a man cry for happy and sad situations in the movie. I liked science and emotion coming together. In fact, it saved the movie, otherwise it would have been a science documentary straight from NASA production through Nolan direction.

    There are many surprise elements in the movie and of course there is a twist at the end. We can call it a series of twists like the layers. Compared to last quarter of the movie to the rest, it completely detaches which opens broadly to the different directions. And that happens so fast rushing towards the other end. Which give an impression of the movie 'Inception'. In a perfect way to say the first 75% was 'The Tree of Life' and the remains are 'Inception'.

    The story was initiated with a realistic approach with actual scientific contents as per the present understanding about the universe. But the end was let me down with the layered contents that kind of impossible to agree with it. As a cinematic theme it worked, yeah, a good solution for this wonderfully written story. We know that the time can't run backwards, so that's the trouble.

    Anyway, this movie defines in a new way, I mean scientifically the existence of ghost. It was not a horror movie, but I liked supernatural force that merged with this science fiction theme. That explains and gives vast ideas to expand our physics beyond something and somewhere yet to reach. Hats off to the director, because he was not thinking of making money here. His idea was to implement what the humans are understood so far about the cosmos. And he very nicely transformed those into the silver screen with the blend of human emotions. In my opinion, this will replace '2001: A Space Odyssey' for sometime till another one make this way.

    The visuals were not that great, but simply very good. To see those in digital 3D would have given us a different experience, sadly Nolan was not in favor of that technology. Hoping this movie would get as many as the Oscars nod. Especially not getting into the best motion picture shortlist would be a shame. Like I said I'm no one fan, I just love watching everyone's every movie. I would have went to see it again if it was converted into digital 3D, since I'm modern tech geek when it comes to the films.

    The end scene leaves a hint of a possible sequel. I would be happy if that happen in a near future, but definitely that would be a completely different cinema as per how this one ended. I know his fans want that to happen and so am I. What I gonna say is it is a must see asap if you are a movie fanatic like me otherwise Nolan movies does not need anyone's recommendation because his movies usually sell itself like the hot samosa.
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  5. Nov 7, 2014
    8
    PROS: ORIGINAL Sci Fi concept movie (not just a rip off of another movie. . .Oblivion anyone?), EXCELLENT acting by McConaughey, great outerPROS: ORIGINAL Sci Fi concept movie (not just a rip off of another movie. . .Oblivion anyone?), EXCELLENT acting by McConaughey, great outer space visuals, interesting A.I. design, captivating plot, kept you thinking.

    CONS: VERY long (almost 3 hours), too much "set-up" before they got things into space, Anne Hathaway was the most annoying and unlikable I've ever seen (and I've liked her in other movies - so I'm not a hater), volume increase at certain points was excruciating and cloying, and lastly, a bit too much emphasis on the "love saves all" idea (blech!) but maybe that's just me. . .

    SUMMARY: Enjoyable, felt new, worth seeing just for McConaughey; a solid 8.
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  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. Apr 18, 2015
    0
    What a pile of overwrought, sentimental, manipulative folderol. It's hard to imagine anyone could tolerate this mess much less praise it.What a pile of overwrought, sentimental, manipulative folderol. It's hard to imagine anyone could tolerate this mess much less praise it.
    Acting? McCounaughey is the new Nick Cage, practically a parody of himself.
    Michael Caine couldn't save it! Goodbye cruel world, boohoohooo....
    The movie really lost me when they took this high tech craft, landed on an ocean and then didn't have the technology to know how big the waves are and how close these are? After that, the movie was on, but I found other things to pass the time.
    I love sci fi and can watch a lot of crap, but this didn't even come close to anything but a tearjerker in a time warp.
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