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: 82 out of 623
  1. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    One of the best sci-fi movies, or all movies, ever made. The visuals are amazing, the music is great, the cinematography is great, greatOne of the best sci-fi movies, or all movies, ever made. The visuals are amazing, the music is great, the cinematography is great, great acting. It is exhilarating and the concept and science amazes you. Critics are mixed about it because the science is off on it and plot holes related to science but when do they make science movies that are 100% accurate to science. One of Christopher Nolan's best films, close to The Dark Knight. A movie too see more than once, although 167 minutes, I recommend you all go see Interstellar, an absolutely fantastic film. Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2014
    10
    I feel this is a masterpiece and one of the best science fiction movies ever made. I was expecting something turgid and nonsensical readingI feel this is a masterpiece and one of the best science fiction movies ever made. I was expecting something turgid and nonsensical reading some of the reviews beforehand. I'm so glad they were wrong.

    How this film didn't score twice as highly as the overrated thrill ride of Gravity I will never know! The plot and subtext of Gravity could be written on a beer mat. Intestellar is weight sci fi tome. An ode to wonder, time and love. Don't listen to the ridiculous berks who slate this film. I can only assume Nolan has reached the point of saturation where it's become fashionable to hate him.

    This film has it all - the ambition to show other worlds in a way we've never seen before, womholes, massive black holes, mile high tidal waves, dazzlin space vistas, and at the centre amazing performances by all the actors involved, especially McCaugnehey. It's also a film that means something, with a a complex and deep message about the human instinct for survival, ingenuity and the current threat to our planet. Oh and some of the best onscreen robots since the Star Wars droids.

    I can understand that some people who know nothing about physics, or who don't want to think and want answers on a plate might not like this film. It's closest to 2001 but in my opinion much better. Don't expect Guardians of the Galaxy. If you like serious sci-fi. philosophical films that will linger with you, or have ever dreamt of the stars, you must see this film. I'm seeing it again tomorrow.
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  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 11, 2015
    8
    Before watching this film: I have some average level knowledge about space travel, gravity, black holes, etc.

    Premise: Humanity is facing
    Before watching this film: I have some average level knowledge about space travel, gravity, black holes, etc.

    Premise: Humanity is facing some kind of a agricultural/biological disaster that will require man to find another planet to live on and so a dad/astronaut joins other astronauts to travel through a wormhole, suspected to be sent by people from the future, to seek some mathematical data that will help those in the present build a large space ship that will escape from Earth. (If you think think this was mind-blowing, imagine how difficult it was to write the previous sentence down! LOL!)

    Pros:
    1. Great visuals.
    2. Smart and engaging story.
    3. I love how the film is pushing the boundaries of how astrophysics is presented in film and has brought up this discussion among the everyman about space travel, time, black holes, etc.

    Cons: 1. Shaky premises about how the Earth is dying and how governments are failing.
    2. Numerous questionable presentation of how things would behave - many of the physics are wrong!
    3. Poor spoken audio - It's like Bane from The Dark Knight Rises talking again, I can't hear many of the things said! Captions would be really helpful.

    Laugh out moment: ttaM nomaD!

    Score: 4/5 (no half score). Worth paying to watch it in the cinema. Many would want to buy the DVD/Blu-ray later for repeat viewing, but there are quite a number of flaws thereby preventing it from getting a 5/5. (Gravity, the film, has the same problem with its flaws.)
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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. 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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