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'Gravity' Movie Starring Bullock and Clooney Gets Rave Reviews

Friday, 04 Oct 2013 05:47 PM

By Ken Mandel

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The new "Gravity" movie is pulling in overwhelmingly fantastic reviews and generating talk of multiple Academy Awards.

The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as survivors of a space accident while in orbit, was released this week in the U.S., and is the first in seven years from Oscar-nominated Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men").

"If you're the sort of movie viewer who would rather walk into an extremely memorable movie experience completely cold, then do yourself a favor: Stop reading now, buy a ticket to see the movie this weekend in 3-D (IMAX preferred), and get ready to have your mind blown," wrote Wired reviewer Laura Hudson.

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Critics drew comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking "2001: A Space Odyssey," and collectively scored the film a 97 percent rating (out of 100) on the Rotten Tomatoes website, which compiles movie reviewers from across the country.

"Let's just say seeing the film is the next best thing to the horror and beauty of being lost in space," wrote Matt Kelemen for Aspect Ratio movie reviews.

"'Gravity,' a weightless ballet and a cold-sweat nightmare, intimates mystery and profundity, with that mixture of beauty and terror that the Romantics called the sublime," wrote reviewer Liam Lacey for the Toronto Globe & Mail.

Bullock, who won an Academy Award for "The Blind Side," owns the film as novice astronaut Ryan Stone.

"It's Sandy's movie. She's our most down-to-earth A-list superstar, which makes her the perfect person to connect with us in outer space. ... It's the most expressive ballet ever captured in a sci-fi film," wrote Vulture's David Edelstein.

Time's Richard Corliss was particularly enthralled with the film's opening 13 minutes.

"To say this is a marvel of camerabatics, of visual choreography, animation and physical acting (Bullock and Clooney worked on wires in front of a green screen) is to undersell Cuaron's gift as a storyteller who takes the audience on a nail-gnawing space flight. He's a cinematic astronaut whose Mission Control is his retinue of visual enablers, led by Special Effects wizard Tim Webber."

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