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Venice Review: Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

by Oliver Lyttelton
August 28, 2013 6:22 AM
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Variety: “The script modulates the tension expertly, deftly preying on the claustrophobic and the agoraphobic alike, and maintaining an unflagging sense of peril as it carefully throws Stone (Bullock) one lifeline after another.”

HitFix: “Alfonso Cuarón's astonishing new film nonetheless goes to great, gruelling and frequently gasp-inducing pains to illustrate that "life in space is impossible." Demands compellingly to be made and seen in 3D. For sheer transference of experience upon the audience, I can think of no film quite like it.”

Film4: “Gravity pulls off the creative miracle of being at once spectacular and thoughtful, and by turns terrifying and pensive”.

Screen Daily: “Almost balletic, spiraling, scenes as space craft are torn apart and mere humans in delicate space suits are thrown into the void with moments of quiet beauty as they the two intrepid astronauts relish the beautiful vistas and deadly beauty they find themselves amongst. This is very much Sandra Bullock’s film.”

THR: “At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space.

An elegant film that will have buffs and casual fans alike gaping and wondering, “How did they do that?” “

The Telegraph: “Bullock is the undoubted star and is seriously good here, giving Stone an inner steeliness that only the very deepest pangs of despair can unsheathe. Comparisons to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi are inevitable and well-earned.”

Empire: “Now that the embargo is up, I can say that what Jaws did for water, Gravity does for air. What surprised me was how much of an action flick Gravity is. Non-stop, no-nonsense. It's Speed in space. Hugely entertaining.”

The Guardian: “Gravity provides an assured curtain-raiser. It comes blowing in from the ether like some weightless black nightmare, Clooney and Bullock give dogged, decent performances here, but they are inevitably shouting to be heard; utterly at the mercy of forces beyond their control.”


The Independent: “A visual triumph even if its storytelling is less than sure-footed. The one problem with Gravity is that the plotting never quite matches its visual imagination. Even so, this is a film that, at its best, really does induce a sense of wonder.”

The Times UK: “a seat-chewingly tense, virtuoso 90 minutes of cinema. Bullock and Clooney terrific. A tad heavy on sentimentality.”

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  • Nimsy Numpty | March 2, 2014 11:26 PMReply

    Obviously none of you ever saw Sunshine or Pandorum. I mainly READ science fiction books but enjoy the few worthwhile sci fi flicks. Gravity made me cringe but not because I was worried weather Dr. Stone would make it back to earth. I felt no empathy for Dr. Stone her daughter who fell in the playground and died. Clooney's character was bearable. The film bored me to death maybe if I saw it in the theater it would of been okay. Yeah its sci fi not science fact but damn was this film way off. Go see Sunshine that movie soundtrack trumps Gravity

  • Joao Luis | October 15, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    Loved the movie for all its marvels and eerie atmosphere.
    There was just one thing that bogged my mind: with so much space 600 km above Earth how is it that The Hubble telescope, The International Space Station AND The Chinese Space Station were a mere stone's throw away from each other? If that were to ever happen it would be very dangerous indeed, having no brakes and all.

  • FehtaCheese | October 13, 2013 5:06 PMReply

    I must have seen a different movie. It's beautifully composed and filmed and designed, and that's it. It's soulless. Bullock's character is barely realized, and she's in every minute of the movie. She pants, she yelps, she gasps and she squeals in terror, and that, folks, is the film.

  • Kate | October 18, 2013 8:21 PM

    Yes, I think you must have seen an entirely different film to not believe there's any soul in it.

  • theghostofbellestarr | October 3, 2013 5:21 PMReply

    Jervaise, every geezer in the world wants to bugger the 18 year-old version of Sandra Bullock, THATS A GIVEN ! ! !.

  • the sneering (homo-phobic) snob | October 3, 2013 5:18 PMReply

    I`ve always respected George Clooneys rampaging heterosexuality (obviously) but in every other way that geezer is a bloody load of old rubbish.

  • jervaise brooke hamster | October 3, 2013 5:14 PMReply

    I want to bugger Sandra Bullock (as the bird was in 1982 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).

  • TheGhostofBelleStarr | October 3, 2013 1:40 AMReply

    I'll have to pass on this one since I refuse to support any"work" of George Clooney who being a multimillionaire supports the Socialist/Marxist agenda of Obama. Serfdom for you and me is A OK in Clooney's book while he and the rest of Hollywood rich and elite are far removed from it.

  • FehtaCheese | October 13, 2013 5:10 PM

    Your stupidity is only exceeded by your self-importance. Nobody cares what you do or why you do it. There is no Socialist/Marxist agenda. Nobody wants you to be a serf. You're so stupid, your poor parents must weep and drink all night long.

  • Sammy | September 18, 2013 5:55 PMReply

    "And the very final music cue is so overbearing that we nearly dropped the film down a grade."

    First of all, who is "we"? and second, always go with your first impulse. That's the grade I'll assume that it deserves.

  • Jimski | September 21, 2013 7:32 AM

    Just be glad "they" didn't drop the film down a grade. Think about how horrible that would have been.

  • Boone | September 17, 2013 5:45 AMReply

    "...It’s about the best opening to a film festival that you could ask for."

    Dude, man y'know, your grammatical errors in that last sentence, man, I can't even deal. It's like you're harshin my vibe here, man, cause when people say community colleges don't work, like usually I stand up for them, man. So like thanks for deconstructing my constant, man. Thanks alot.

  • M | October 10, 2013 11:32 AM

    You are so fcking annoying

  • Manolo | September 8, 2013 3:47 AMReply

    Mexican creativity is on fire!! :)

  • A_A | August 28, 2013 4:57 PMReply

    Hope Lubezki gets the Oscar

  • a | August 28, 2013 4:54 PMReply

    I'm definitely going to take a couple of valiums before seeing this. My anxiety can barely handle the trailer as it is.

  • bohmer | August 28, 2013 1:15 PMReply

    glad you liked it!

  • JJ | August 28, 2013 10:59 AMReply

    Can't wait for this thing. Children of Men is one of the best films I've ever seen.

  • yer | August 28, 2013 10:50 AMReply

    I knew this was a positive review when I saw it only had 3 comments. You slather praise on a film for the better part of a year and nobody bats an eye, but you get critical and everyone loses their minds!

  • Jeremy | August 28, 2013 1:56 PM

    Damn...that quote, still can't believe Ledger left us so early. He would have been working with all the greats right now.

  • Avi Bomba | August 28, 2013 10:02 AMReply

    Go Alfonso Quaron! Hopefully the Academy voters give him the proper respect in the Best Director nomination list this year.
    And WOW at Sandra Bullock turning into an Oscar critic darling!!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 28, 2013 9:58 AMReply

    High for it!

  • droop | August 28, 2013 9:10 AMReply

    Fuck, even more excited about this now. So siiiiiick.

  • gsdsdf | August 29, 2013 7:46 PM

    sick indeed :)

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