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‘Interstellar’ Review Roundup: Must-See Or Major Disappointment?

Wed, November 5, 2014 3:05pm EDT by Add first Comment
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Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway travel to a far-away galaxy in an effort to save the human race in this hotly anticipated Christopher Nolan-written and -directed flick. So does ‘Interstellar’ live up to the hype? The reviews are in!

The critics are divided over Interstellar, which finally hit theaters on Nov. 5. While some are praising Christopher Nolan‘s out of this world vision, others are calling it the director’s “biggest disappointment.” See what the critics are saying right here!

‘Interstellar’ Reviews: Is Christopher Nolan’s New Flick A Must-See Or Major Disappointment?

It’s almost the weekend, so what movie should you see?! Do you really want to spend nearly three hours drifting around in space with Matthew McConaughey, 45, and Anne Hathaway, 31? This review roundup will help you decide!

The New York Post

Genius director Christopher Nolan reaches for the stars in “Interstellar” — and delivers a soulful, must-see masterpiece, one of the most exhilarating film experiences so far this century. Astronauts Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway journey to a distant galaxy on a desperate mission to save humanity in this brainy, heartfelt, gorgeous and flawlessly acted sci-fi epic — inspired by “2001: A Space Odyssey,’’ “Close Encounters of the Third Kind’’ and less likely sources such as “The Grapes of Wrath.”

The Guardian

Most film-makers think small or medium. Not Christopher Nolan, for whom even big or bigger won’t cut it. His new picture is his biggest: biggest event, biggest spectacle, biggest pastiche, biggest disappointment. It’s a colossal science-fiction adventure avowedly in the high visionary-futurist style of Kubrick’s 2001, but sugared up with touches of M Night Shyamalan. Nolan takes on the idealism and yearning from 2001, but leaves behind the subversion, the disquiet and Kubrick’s real interest in imagining a post-human future. What interests Nolan more is looping back to a sentimentally reinforced present.

Los Angeles Times

But though it’s a big studio blockbuster with all the traditional plot elements the term implies, “Interstellar” turns out to be the rarest beast in the Hollywood jungle. It’s a mass audience picture that’s intelligent as well as epic, with a sophisticated script that’s as interested in emotional moments as immersive visuals. Which is saying a lot.

A.V. Club

In its worst moments, toward the end, it is a dopey exercise in humanist metaphysics, a movie about facing the cosmic unknown that explains everything several times over.

The New York Times

Like the great space epics of the past, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” distills terrestrial anxieties and aspirations into a potent pop parable, a mirror of the mood down here on Earth.

So HollywoodLifers, will you go see Interstellar? If you already have, tell us what you thought of the flick!

— Tierney McAfee

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