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GRAVITY, directed by Oscar (R) nominee Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar (R) winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone

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Release date: Oct 4, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language
 
Official website: http://gravitymovie.warnerbros.com/
 
Runtime: 90 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 100
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    Thanks to Cuarón’s prodigious gifts, Gravity succeeds simultaneously as a simple classic shipwreck narrative (albeit at zero-gravity), and as an utterly breathtaking restoration of size and occasion to the movies themselves. ...read more

  • 100
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    In one form or another, motion pictures have been with us since the middle of the 19th century, but there's never been one like Gravity. What's new in Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D space adventure is the nature of the motion. It's as if the movie medium had been set free to dance in a bedazzling zero-gravity dream sequence. ...read more

  • 100
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    The telling of this simple tale of survival required cutting-edge technology, but we don't notice the bells and whistles: They're on hand to immerse us in an unforgettable personal story. ...read more

  • 100
    Empire - by Ian Nathan
    Pop quiz, hotshot: you’re cut loose 375 miles above the Earth, oxygen is running out, communication is lost, catastrophic satellite debris is heading your way and you have no hope of rescue. What do you do? What do you do? The answer is the film of the year. ...read more

  • 100
    Los Angeles Times - by Kenneth Turan
    Gravity is out of this world. Words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates. It is a film whose impact must be experienced in 3-D on a theatrical screen to be fully understood. ...read more

  • 100
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    Sandra Bullock, in the performance of a lifetime, spends most of this wondrous wallop of a movie lost in space, alone where no one can hear her scream. ...read more

  • 100
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    Gravity, it turns out, is a great film, a technical and storytelling masterpiece that is buoyed by stunning visuals and which functions both as a ripping, tension-filled yarn and as a profound and life-affirming work of art. ...read more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    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. ...read more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    See Gravity in theaters, because on television something will be lost. Alfonso Cuarón has made a rare film whose mood, soul and profundity is bound up with its images. To see such images diminished would be to see a lesser film, perhaps even a pointless one. ...read more

  • 100
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Gravity isn't just a movie; it's almost transformative, and the visceral element is enhanced by the 3-D. ...read more

  • 100
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    A thrill ride with a brain. ...read more

  • 100
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    You can’t exactly call Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity the best film of its kind, because it has no kind: It stands alone as an extraordinary balance of 3-D effects, heroes-in-jeopardy storytelling and emotional depth. ...read more

  • 100
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    For all of Mr. Cuarón’s formal wizardry and pictorial grandeur, he is a humanist at heart. ...

  • 100
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    It is a remarkable achievement. ...

  • 100
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    The miracle of the movie is the way that director Alfonso Cuarón, using special effects and 3-D with a nearly poetic simplicity and command, places the audience right up there in space along with them. ...read more

  • 100
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    Gravity isn’t as ambitious as “2001,” but then, what is? It is, however, absolutely a worthy successor, a masterpiece of hard science fiction, and the movie to beat at this point for next year’s cinematography and visual effects Oscars. ...read more

  • 100
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Gravity is a game-changer like "Avatar" in the realm of digital 3-D special effects, inventing trickeries to be applied by future filmmakers and possibly never improved upon. Yet its spirit is closer to Avatar's smarter descendants, "Hugo" and "Life of Pi," with the gimmicks embellishing, not driving, the material. Less Cameron, more Kubrick. ...read more

  • 100
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    The movie is as cornball as all get-out and — once you discern the narrative arc — as predictable. But then there’s the part that’s — as we serious cinephiles like to say — infuckingcredible. ...read more

  • 100
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    Gravity is harrowing and comforting, intimate and glorious, the kind of movie that makes you feel more connected to the world rather than less. ...read more

  • 100
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    Gravity shows us the glory of cinema’s future. It thrills on so many levels. And because Cuar‪ón is a movie visionary of the highest order, you truly can’t beat the view. ...read more

  • 100
    The Telegraph - by Robbie Collin
    A science-fiction thriller of rare and diamond-hard brilliance. ...

  • 100
    Variety - by Justin Chang
    The director’s long-overdue follow-up to “Children of Men” is at once a nervy experiment in blockbuster minimalism and a film of robust movie-movie thrills, restoring a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the bigscreen. ...read more

  • 100
    The Playlist - by Oliver Lyttelton
    Gravity is about as visceral an experience as you can have in a cinema, it’s a technical marvel, and it’s a blockbuster with heart and soul in spades. ...read more

  • 94
    Film.com - by William Goss
    The fact that Cuarón’s film strives to be something more than thoroughly harrowing — no small feat in and of itself — solidifies its existence as a marvel of not just technical craft but sheer imagination as well ...read more

  • 91
    indieWIRE - by Eric Kohn
    Gravity lets you visit space without sugarcoating its dangers. It's a brilliant portrait of technology gone wrong that uses it just right. ...read more

  • 90
    The New Yorker - by David Denby
    Gravity is not a film of ideas, like Kubrick's techno-mystical "2001," but it's an overwhelming physical experience -- a challenge to the senses that engages every kind of dread. [7 Oct. 2013, p.88] ...

  • 90
    NPR - by Bob Mondello
    Cuaron and his son Jonas have felt the need not just to come up with ways to keep the characters talking — there's even a mildly sneery reference to NPR at one point — but to brush in backstory and motivation, quite as if the peril of being isolated in space with a limited supply of oxygen weren't sufficient rationale for the characters' actions. ...read more

  • 90
    The Dissolve - by Keith Phipps
    The film uses the cutting edge of technology to take viewers to the far reaches of the human experience, but also to create a sense of empathy, of investing in the life of another person. It’s a remarkably complex film, but an admirably simple one, too. ...read more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle - by Marc Savlov
    Gravity is a major filmmaking accomplishment, no doubt, although it would have been interesting to see how it might have played sans dialogue. Unthinkable to Hollywood, sure, but still … Kowalski and Stone’s backstories and banter are, in the end, secondary to the film’s jaw-dropping visuals. ...read more

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    This is one of the most stunning visual treats of the year and one of the most unforgettable thrill rides in recent memory. ...read more

  • 88
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    The movie’s an astonishingly detailed, visually painstaking state-of-the-art production that advances what the cinema can show us—even as the human story at its center feels a little thin after a while. ...read more

  • 88
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    Even as it looks to the heavens, Gravity is bound to earth, where the beauty is in the details. ...read more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    It's a nerve-wracking visual experience of unusual and paradoxical delicacy. And if your stomach can take it, it's truly something to see. ...read more

  • 88
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Bullock and Clooney make their peril our peril in this absolutely gorgeous, moving and sometimes exultant reminder that the real terrors of space are scary enough, without invented bug-eyed monsters thrown in. ...read more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine - by Eric Henderson
    Alfonso Cuarón's triumph is an invigoratingly clean, elegant display of action choreography, a La Région Centrale you can still take grandma to see. ...

  • 83
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    I almost wish Cuarón had cast nonactors, or unknown actors, in the lead roles. It’s jarring having movie stars work up their Hollywood histrionics against such a glorious backdrop. None of these arguments should dissuade you from seeing Gravity, if only because what’s good about it is so much better than what’s bad. Visually, if not imaginatively, it sends you soaring. ...read more

  • 83
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    If nothing else, Gravity makes the case for throwing immense resources at true visionaries; the blockbuster craftsman as adventurer, Cuarón expertly blends the epic with the intimate. For every stunning 3-D setpiece involving a dangerous hailstorm of metallic debris, there’s a moment of small tenderness. ...read more

  • 80
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    This is not to say that Gravity is a masterpiece: Unlike Cuarón’s extraordinary "Children of Men", it doesn’t quite pull off its ambitious effort to combine formal inventiveness, heart-pounding action, and intimate human storytelling. But it succeeds thrillingly at the first two of those categories, and only misses the mark on the last because it tries a little too hard — which is certainly a welcome respite from the countless sci-fi thrillers that privilege the human story not at all. ...read more

  • 80
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    Cuarón, a magician who brought personality to the Harry Potter series, is after pure, near-experimental spectacle. ...read more

  • 80
    Time Out London - by Tom Huddleston
    This isn’t just the best-looking film of the year, it’s one of the most awe-inspiring achievements in the history of special-effects cinema. So it’s a shame that – as is so often the case with groundbreaking effects movies – the emotional content can’t quite match up to the visual. ...read more

  • 80
    The Guardian - by Xan Brooks
    The film thrums with an ongoing existential dread. And yet, tellingly, Cuaron's film contains a top-note of compassion that strays at times towards outright sentimentality. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    A magnificent thriller, and one of the most dumbfoundingly impressive technological feats in the 20 years since Jurassic Park put the world on notice about CGI.