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40 Blockbuster movies that the critics got wrong

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 40: A movie still from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science fiction film '2001: A Space Odyssey' starring Gary Lockwood. (Photo by Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"The slab is never explained, leaving 2001, for all of its lively visual and mechanical spectacle, a kind of space-Spartacus and, more pretentious still, a shaggy God story." β€” John Simon, The New Leader

β€œTo make a film that is so dull, it even dulls our interest in the technical ingenuity for the sake of which Kubrick has allowed it to become dull. He is so infatuated with technology -- of film and of the future -- that it has numbed his formerly keen feeling for attention-span.” β€” Stanley Kauffman, The New Republic

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