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Interstellar (2014)

Country: USA, UK

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Taglines: Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, ...

In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.

100 | 2014-11-04 | James Berardinelli

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.
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100 | 2014-11-04 | Richard Roeper

What a beautiful and epic film is Interstellar, filled with great performances, tingling our senses with masterful special effects, daring to be openly sentimental, asking gigantic questions about the meaning of life and leaving us drained and grateful for the experience.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

100 | 2014-11-03 | Lou Lumenick

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.
Read More: New York Post

100 | 2014-10-29 | James Dyer

Brainy, barmy and beautiful to behold, this is Stephen Hawking’s Star Trek: a mind-bending opera of space and time with a soul wrapped up in all the science.
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100 | 2014-10-27 | Robbie Collin

Interstellar is Nolan’s best and most brazenly ambitious film to date.
Read More: The Telegraph

100 | 2014-10-27 | Dave Calhoun

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.
Read More: Time Out London

100 | 2014-10-27 | Scott Foundas

An exhilarating slalom through the wormholes of Christopher Nolan’s vast imagination that is at once a science-geek fever dream and a formidable consideration of what makes us human.
Read More: Variety

90 | 2014-11-04 | Kenneth Turan

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.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

90 | 2014-11-04 | A.O. Scott

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.
Read More: The New York Times

88 | 2014-11-05 | Peter Travers

What the neg-heads are missing about Interstellar is how enthralling it is, how gracefully it blends the cosmic and the intimate, how deftly it explores the infinite in the smallest human details.
Read More: Rolling Stone

88 | 2014-11-04 | Joe Williams

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.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

88 | 2014-11-04 | Matt Zoller Seitz

Interstellar is still an impressive, at times astonishing movie that overwhelmed me to the point where my usual objections to Nolan's work melted away.
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88 | 2014-11-04 | Roger Moore

Whatever its length and melodramatic third-act touches, Interstellar is a space opera truly deserving of that label, overreaching and thought-provoking, heart-tugging and pulse-pounding. It’s the sort of film that should send every other sci-fi filmmaker back to the drawing board, the way Stanley Kubrick did, a long time ago in a millennium far away.
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83 | 2014-10-27 | Drew McWeeny

I was moved by Interstellar, and there are stretches where it is as good and as pure as anything Nolan's made. You can feel just how important all of it is to him in every frame of the thing. I don't love all of the film's dramatic choices, though.
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83 | 2014-10-27 | Eric Kohn

Brainy and exciting at the same time, Interstellar invalidates the need for mindless Hollywood product. No matter its shortcomings, the movie achieves an impressive balancing act. It turns the mysteries of the universe into a cinematic playground, but for every profound or visually arresting moment, it also encourages you to to think.
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80 | 2014-11-06 | Ben Nicholson

Interstellar may not be perfect, but tent-pole filmmaking with such ambition and grandeur is always worth celebrating.
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80 | 2014-11-04 | Bill Goodykoontz

In Interstellar, Nolan has created a universe where ultimately the possibilities are endless. At its best, the film feels the same way.
Read More: Arizona Republic

80 | 2014-10-30 | Dana Stevens

A movie I snickered at more than once but never stopped staring at in wonder. This isn’t Nolan’s best film by any stretch, but it abounds in the qualities that are among his strengths.
Read More: Slate

80 | 2014-10-29 | Richard Corliss

With Interstellar, Nolan’s reach occasionally exceeds his grasp. That’s fine: These days, few other filmmakers dare reach so high to stretch our minds so wide.
Read More: Time

80 | 2014-10-27 | Richard Jordan

Nolan reaches for the stars in spectacular fashion, delivering a mesmerising sci-fi epic that, despite a testing running time and few too many flights of fancy, is grounded by an on-form McConaughey.
Read More: Total Film

80 | 2014-10-27 | Todd McCarthy

This grandly conceived and executed epic tries to give equal weight to intimate human emotions and speculation about the cosmos, with mixed results, but is never less than engrossing, and sometimes more than that.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

75 | 2014-11-05 | Rene Rodriguez

This is Nolan’s unabashed tribute to "2001: A Space Odyssey," the first movie he ever saw at the age of 8 and the one that made him decide to be a filmmaker (there are homages to that earlier film everywhere).
Read More: Miami Herald

75 | 2014-11-04 | Ty Burr

The movie is “Gravity” cubed, an epic of space travel and human destiny that swings by Saturn, slingshots through a wormhole, and pinballs across a handful of planets on its way to a rendezvous with infinity, conveniently located inside a black hole.
Read More: Boston Globe

75 | 2014-11-04 | Steven Rea

Einsteinian, Kubrickian, Malickian, Steinbeckian - Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's epically ambitious space opera, is all that. And more. And, alas, less.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

75 | 2014-11-04 | Michael Phillips

A knockout one minute, a punch-drunk crazy film the next, Interstellar is a highly stimulating mess. Emotionally it's also a mess, and that's what makes it worth its 165 minutes — minutes made possible by co-writer and director Christopher Nolan's prior global success with his brooding, increasingly nasty "Batman" films, and with the commercially viable head-trip that was "Inception."
Read More: Chicago Tribune

75 | 2014-10-27 | Claudia Puig

While it reaches for the stars, director Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a flawed masterpiece...The story is ever-ambitious, sometimes riveting and thought-provoking, but also plodding and hokey and not as visionary as its cutting-edge special effects.
Read More: USA Today

70 | 2014-11-04 | Andrew O'Hehir

So this is the greatest Shyamalan movie ever made by someone else, or maybe it’s Christopher Nolan’s best impression of what a Shyamalan movie ought to be like. No doubt that sounds like a backhanded compliment, but I don’t entirely mean it that way.
Read More: Salon.com

70 | 2014-11-04 | Keith Phipps

Interstellar often seems afraid to let any development go unpacked and uncommented upon, except for a handful of points that dive into the action and expect viewers to catch up. The film is at its best in these moments, when it’s unafraid of challenging storytelling, particularly since Interstellar never has trouble finding visuals to match its heady concepts.
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70 | 2014-11-03 | David Denby

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.
Read More: The New Yorker

70 | 2014-11-03 | David Edelstein

In his florid sci-fi opera Interstellar, Christopher Nolan aims for the stars, and the upshot is an infinite hoot — its dumbness o’erleaps dimensional space. It’s hugely entertaining, though.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

67 | 2014-11-05 | Kimberley Jones

Interstellar is riddled with ridiculisms; the but how comes … never stop. And yet: Nolan, a notoriously chilly filmmaker who’s never shown much faculty with matters of the heart, is pinning that heart squarely on his sleeve.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

67 | 2014-11-05 | Jeff Baker

Nolan takes big chances with his actors, his action scenes, and his pacing -- you'll feel all 169 minutes in your backside -- and the payoffs come slowly and sometimes not at all. It's frustrating because there's so much to look at, so much money well spent in every frame, but Interstellar wears out its audience long before it ends.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

67 | 2014-11-04 | Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

It is an episodic, chunky film of over-explicated ideas and speculative set pieces.
Read More: The A.V. Club

67 | 2014-10-31 | Joe McGovern

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.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

63 | 2014-11-04 | Liam Lacey

While it’s technically eye-popping and intricately structured, Interstellar is at its most fascinating when it struggles hard to communicate those things we human beings call “emotions”. Instead, we get something like a freeze-dried approximation of Steven Spielberg at his most sentimental.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

60 | 2014-11-04 | Joe Neumaier

The movie could have gone several ways, too — and it is heartbreaking to watch this ambitious story choose the wrong one and get lost in space.
Read More: New York Daily News

60 | 2014-10-30 | Stephanie Zacharek

Whatever his strengths may be, Nolan lacks the human touch. His movies are numbingly sexless, and by that I don’t mean they need sex scenes or nudity -- those things are rarely really about sex anyway. But in all of Nolan’s films, human connection is such a noble idea that it’s beyond the grasp of flesh-and-blood people.
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60 | 2014-10-27 | Henry Barnes

It’s a glorious spectacle, but a slight drama, with few characters and too-rare flashes of humour. It wants to awe us into submission, to concede our insignificance in the face of such grand-scale art. It achieves that with ease. Yet on his way to making an epic, Nolan forgot to let us have fun.
Read More: The Guardian

58 | 2014-11-04 | Steve Persall

Thankfully in space, no one can hear you yawn.
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58 | 2014-11-04 | Peter Rainer

Nolan tries to pair the cosmic esoterica with this father-daughter tussle, but the mix doesn't jell. Visionary movies require a bigger vision.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

50 | 2014-11-05 | Ann Hornaday

Interstellar tries so hard to be so many things that it winds up shrinking into itself, much like one of the collapsed stars Coop hurtles past on his way to new worlds. For a movie about transcending all manner of dimensions, “Interstellar” ultimately falls surprisingly flat.
Read More: Washington Post

50 | 2014-11-04 | Michael Ordoña

Despite its many virtues, Interstellar feels as if it doesn’t quite hit the target.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

50 | 2014-11-03 | Chris Cabin

Much like his hero, Christopher Nolan's goal seems to be to take the humor and wildness out of imagination, to see invention in rigidly practical and scientific terms.
Read More: Slant Magazine

50 | 2014-10-27 | Alonso Duralde

For much of the film, Nolan (who co-wrote with his brother Jonathan) seems to be unafraid to allow this big-budget extravaganza to tell a story that's about pain and loss and melancholy and sacrifice. Until it's not that anymore, and Interstellar becomes thuddingly prosaic.
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40 | 2014-11-06 | Joe Morgenstern

Nolan’s 168-minute odyssey through the space-time continuum is stuffed with stuff of bewildering wrongness. Eager for grandeur, I went in hoping for the very best from a filmmaker with his own vision of the theatrical medium’s potential. The last thing I expected was a space adventure burdened by turgid discussions of abstruse physics, a wavering tone, visual effects of variable quality and a time-traveling structure that turns on bloodless abstractions.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

25 | 2014-10-27 | James Rocchi

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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