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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 585
  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.

    I'm sorry but I have to nerd rant, so a semi spoiler is below.
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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
    Interstellar is a spectacular viscerally and emotionally powerful sci-fi movie-going experience that demands full immersion. Like all Nolan'sInterstellar is a spectacular viscerally and emotionally powerful sci-fi movie-going experience that demands full immersion. Like all Nolan's movies, its strongest qualities are a uniquely thought-provoking and grand plot with a centered emotional heart peppered with poignant one-liners that force the audience to question the world and their place in it. Also like most Nolan movies, its weaker parts are comprised of somewhat contrived and sloppy dialogue and questionable pacing. Some have expressed distaste with the amount of exposition as well, however I am less inclined to fault a movie with such large and far reaching ideas for packaging these ideas in a way the audience will at least to some degree understand. In a 3 hour movie you don't have the time to fully flesh out ideas naturally that may be completely foreign to the audience, thus heavier than normal exposition is needed to make sure the they are properly strapped in for the ride.

    The audiovisual experience of Interstellar (especially on an IMAX screen) is bar none. Perhaps only Avatar and Gravity could be said to be on a similar plane, but given the great attention to scientific detail of the subject matter here and the fact that recreating Black and worm holes has actually given rise to breakthroughs is studies on the subjects puts Interstellar in a league of its own.

    The story is as ambitious as they come for this day and age. There has not been, and is not likely soon be, another movie of this scope and originality in a blockbuster format (with A-list actors performing at their best and a nearly $200 million budget). Detailing more would be a disservice (though at this point you've likely read more elsewhere), but suffice to say it is truly exciting that a movie like this could be made.

    Like most things, what you get out of Interstellar will likely come from what you expect out of it. If you're looking for plot holes you'll find them (though debate could rage on for days about whether they're really holes or can be explained by current or possible future science). If you're looking for constant hi-octane action you won't find that here. If you're expecting neatly put together dialogue and characters you're likely to be disappointed, because that's not what Nolan's about.

    Interstellar, like his other movies, is about stretching what a movie going experience (and indeed reality itself) can be. It is best viewed with an open and contemplative mind and wide eyes and ears. It offers a glimpse of the universe we've not previously perceived, and it can spawn threads of thought that otherwise may not have found footing while taking you on a grandly entertaining narrative journey. If that is valuable to you, then Interstellar will offer up one of the best movie-going experiences that can be had.
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  5. Nov 9, 2014
    8
    Pretty good. Though to be fair, it should also be noted that it is too long, too noisy, and there are gaping plot holes. But so what? This isPretty good. Though to be fair, it should also be noted that it is too long, too noisy, and there are gaping plot holes. But so what? This is about an emotional and redemptive journey spanning the stars and the generations, not realism. After three hours, you really end up feeling like you have been on a journey yourself. Great performances throughout - though better diction by the actors would not have hurt. But whichever way you cut it, this is a serious movie, portraying humanity facing adversity in ways that are both moving and artistic. Considerably better than any of the Batman movies. And it gets an extra mark for the special effects - which thankfully, do not overwhelm the movie. Somehow they simultaneously become both achingly beautiful, and austere at the same time - which is a major achievement in today's over-done blockbusters. Expand
  6. SH1
    Dec 22, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The story was very good, it reminded me of the classic sci-fi novels where time-dilation is used as plot driver. I had to subtract some points for the soundtrack though. It literally drove me out of the theatre about 3 quarters through the movie. 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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