Interstellar has been compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey, so let’s get one thing out of the way: I know 2001. I love 2001. And Interstellar is no 2001, any more than Dan Quayle is Jack Kennedy. Nor even is it Gravity, and reaching under the sea nor is it The Abyss.
I mostly agree with the Rotten Tomatoes consensus, except for the part about expectations from Nolan, which I’ll get to in a moment:
Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.
Critics are sharply divided over this movie. Some are calling it a must-see masterpiece, which it certainly is not, while others have panned it. Joe Morgenstern for the WSJ:
Christopher Nolan’s 168-minute odyssey through the space-time continuum…
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