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What did you think of...Gravity?

Oct. 6, 2013by:

GRAVITY has been generating heat since it's initial screenings at TIFF (see Chris Bumbray's here) and has continued to build momentum as the brunt of critical screenings this past week have put the film in the top tier of space films. Eric Walkuski's review was right on par with Bumbray's with both of them settling on a solid 9/10. Even director James Cameron, who is typically the guy who comes along and "reinvents the cinematic wheel" every time he releases a new film has called Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY the "best space film ever done," which is no small measure of accolades. We've covered GRAVITY extensively with TV spots, trailers, and featurettes, serving to build the much deserved hype (I saw the film on Friday and was exhausted and exhilarated).

Now that the weekend has come to a close we want to know what YOU thought of the film,
POST YOUR OWN REVIEW in our strike back section below (or to your Movie Fan Central profile) and we'll continue to update the Rotten Tomatoes and MFC reviews over the next few days as well.

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7:37AM on 10/06/2013
Ugh. There were no superheroes, yawn. I never even heard of a movie called Gravity before this film, so its not a remake, double yawn. And it's not even based off of a popular teen book or graphic novel, so I ask, what's the point? Wake me up when Hollywood gets back to making franchises that I can easily recognize & geek over.
Ugh. There were no superheroes, yawn. I never even heard of a movie called Gravity before this film, so its not a remake, double yawn. And it's not even based off of a popular teen book or graphic novel, so I ask, what's the point? Wake me up when Hollywood gets back to making franchises that I can easily recognize & geek over.
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8:37AM on 10/06/2013

If you hate 3D, go see this in 3D

I hate 3D in every movie I've seen - yes, even in Avatar. While I'm watching a movie in 3D, throughout the whole thing I'm just wishing it was in 2D. Not in this movie. Here's the difference between those who watch Gravity in 2D and those who watch it in IMAX 3D: the former watch two astronauts in outer space. The latter travel into outer space with two astronauts. Go see it in IMAX 3D - you haven't truly experienced Gravity until you do.
I hate 3D in every movie I've seen - yes, even in Avatar. While I'm watching a movie in 3D, throughout the whole thing I'm just wishing it was in 2D. Not in this movie. Here's the difference between those who watch Gravity in 2D and those who watch it in IMAX 3D: the former watch two astronauts in outer space. The latter travel into outer space with two astronauts. Go see it in IMAX 3D - you haven't truly experienced Gravity until you do.
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10:09PM on 10/14/2013
It made the format actually a part of the film rather than something tacked on in post production. I was left speechless at certain points and dodging pens and bolts. It is truly an immersive experience and one that MUST be seen on an IMAX screen in 3D!
It made the format actually a part of the film rather than something tacked on in post production. I was left speechless at certain points and dodging pens and bolts. It is truly an immersive experience and one that MUST be seen on an IMAX screen in 3D!
7:56AM on 10/17/2013
100% agree. I loathe 3-D, but can't imagine seeing this in anything BUT 3-D...it definitely made the movie more of an experience than just a movie.
100% agree. I loathe 3-D, but can't imagine seeing this in anything BUT 3-D...it definitely made the movie more of an experience than just a movie.
3:22PM on 10/06/2013

they'll teach courses on Cuaron one day

I haven't seen someone have such a complete mastery of their craft since, well, Children of Men. Tremendous stuff.
I haven't seen someone have such a complete mastery of their craft since, well, Children of Men. Tremendous stuff.
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12:37PM on 10/06/2013

This is why I love movies

When it comes to just the format you see it in than I have to advise IMAX3D and this is coming from a guy who absolutely loathes the 3D format. I'm being 100% serious when I say that you can't even tell the movie is in 3D and instead it just feels like you're watching the clearest film projection I've ever seen, it's that good.

The visuals are absolutely stunning and draw you into this vast and completely lifeless organism of emptiness, and the surprise is that it's alive. Simply put,
When it comes to just the format you see it in than I have to advise IMAX3D and this is coming from a guy who absolutely loathes the 3D format. I'm being 100% serious when I say that you can't even tell the movie is in 3D and instead it just feels like you're watching the clearest film projection I've ever seen, it's that good.

The visuals are absolutely stunning and draw you into this vast and completely lifeless organism of emptiness, and the surprise is that it's alive. Simply put, they're in space, actual space. It's not a sound-stage, it's not a green screen, it's not a tank of water, it's FUCKING SPACE. Not since The Master have I really seen a movie that plays so wonderfully in an all out full frontal assault on the senses. I mean yeah, maybe it isn't a flawless film and maybe it isn't the movie that'll claim the throne come Oscar season to be called the "be all end all" movie of 2013 but it IS a perfect movie experience.
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9:11AM on 10/06/2013

Great movie

Fantastic film all around. I was gasping for air along with Bullock. A great ride with great visuals and intelligent story. Proves epic scify flicks with special effects do not need idiotic or corny.
Fantastic film all around. I was gasping for air along with Bullock. A great ride with great visuals and intelligent story. Proves epic scify flicks with special effects do not need idiotic or corny.
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7:17AM on 10/06/2013
Probably the greatest theatrical experience of my life. Breathaking.
Probably the greatest theatrical experience of my life. Breathaking.
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5:31PM on 10/07/2013

Definitely Overhyped

Gravity was good, but not great. In my opinion, the critics have given this film way too much credit than it deserves. Yes, the special effects were incredible and the movie definitely looks beautiful on the big screen, but the movie itself is just "pretty good." It wasn't a cinematic masterpiece, in my opinion. Sandra Bullock gave a great performance as well. Was it Oscar worthy? Eh...maybe....not so sure about that. I'd give Gravity a 7/10.
Gravity was good, but not great. In my opinion, the critics have given this film way too much credit than it deserves. Yes, the special effects were incredible and the movie definitely looks beautiful on the big screen, but the movie itself is just "pretty good." It wasn't a cinematic masterpiece, in my opinion. Sandra Bullock gave a great performance as well. Was it Oscar worthy? Eh...maybe....not so sure about that. I'd give Gravity a 7/10.
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7:31PM on 10/07/2013
If it was an ok movie where she gives an ok performance then she is a mortal lock to win the Oscar.
If it was an ok movie where she gives an ok performance then she is a mortal lock to win the Oscar.
11:16AM on 10/07/2013
Did I miss something? I was excited to see this in IMAX 3D on Friday night. I was bored out of my mind halfway through the movie. It was a bad version of Castaway that failed to make me care about the main character. Not to mention the campy dialogue and what seemed like her repeated insistence on giving up.

The effects were cool and well done, but that doesn't make the movie any good. I'm perplexed why this is still getting such rave reviews.
Did I miss something? I was excited to see this in IMAX 3D on Friday night. I was bored out of my mind halfway through the movie. It was a bad version of Castaway that failed to make me care about the main character. Not to mention the campy dialogue and what seemed like her repeated insistence on giving up.

The effects were cool and well done, but that doesn't make the movie any good. I'm perplexed why this is still getting such rave reviews.
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12:04AM on 10/07/2013
This was an incredible experience of a film, and when a film can do that to me, give me a memorable experience that I can't accurately describe but can remember feeling, that is when I know it goes above and beyond mere entertainment and good filmmaking. Cuaron has achieved something that so few filmmakers can achieve. It is a breathless film that is beautiful to watch and an adrenaline rush to experience. Absolutely amazing.
This was an incredible experience of a film, and when a film can do that to me, give me a memorable experience that I can't accurately describe but can remember feeling, that is when I know it goes above and beyond mere entertainment and good filmmaking. Cuaron has achieved something that so few filmmakers can achieve. It is a breathless film that is beautiful to watch and an adrenaline rush to experience. Absolutely amazing.
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9:37PM on 10/06/2013

Best Film Of The Year

Saw it today as part of my birthday celebration. It was IMax 3D, and beautiful and perfect. An astounding, exhilarating, and emotional draining (in a good way) film made with such skill it's hypnotic.
Saw it today as part of my birthday celebration. It was IMax 3D, and beautiful and perfect. An astounding, exhilarating, and emotional draining (in a good way) film made with such skill it's hypnotic.
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6:43PM on 10/06/2013

Watched it in 3D IMAX

It's probably the closest I'll ever get to going into space. Great thrill ride to the very last minute!
It's probably the closest I'll ever get to going into space. Great thrill ride to the very last minute!
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2:44PM on 10/06/2013
I saw this in IMAX 3D, if it were not for that this movie would not be as good as all the hype says it is. Not saying it's not a good movie, it is good but not as good as people are making it out to be. Am I the only one that thinks the dialog was kind of bland? The voice over dialog from NASA control was very generic.
I saw this in IMAX 3D, if it were not for that this movie would not be as good as all the hype says it is. Not saying it's not a good movie, it is good but not as good as people are making it out to be. Am I the only one that thinks the dialog was kind of bland? The voice over dialog from NASA control was very generic.
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6:38AM on 10/07/2013
Yeah.
Yeah.
10:36AM on 10/06/2013

Best movie of the year

Seeing this in IMAX 3D was without exaggeration the best experience I've ever had in a movie theater. Can't wait to see it again tonight.
Seeing this in IMAX 3D was without exaggeration the best experience I've ever had in a movie theater. Can't wait to see it again tonight.
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2:00PM on 10/06/2013
Just excellent. As everyone mentioned, this is one movie you NEED to see in the big-screen, AND in 3D. Cuaron manages to balance the visual spectacle with pathos, with astounding results!
Just excellent. As everyone mentioned, this is one movie you NEED to see in the big-screen, AND in 3D. Cuaron manages to balance the visual spectacle with pathos, with astounding results!
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1:34AM on 10/06/2013

kinda split

I LOVED the FX and the acting. Bullock got me to care for her character which is huge. Some of the dialogue and "back-story" didn't measure up to the suspense and action of all the debris scenes, but overall I had a great time with the film.
I LOVED the FX and the acting. Bullock got me to care for her character which is huge. Some of the dialogue and "back-story" didn't measure up to the suspense and action of all the debris scenes, but overall I had a great time with the film.
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5:50AM on 10/06/2013
Definitely one of my favourite films of the year so far. It's clearly a film made by someone who knows his stuff, and the years Cuaron has spent getting it right clearly have paid off. The unbroken 17 minute long shot that opens the film quickly cements its position as groundbreaking technical marvel. What's also remarkable is that the film doesn't feel like it exists merely to show off the technology, which is a criticism that has been levelled at the likes of Avatar and Tron: Legacy. There's
Definitely one of my favourite films of the year so far. It's clearly a film made by someone who knows his stuff, and the years Cuaron has spent getting it right clearly have paid off. The unbroken 17 minute long shot that opens the film quickly cements its position as groundbreaking technical marvel. What's also remarkable is that the film doesn't feel like it exists merely to show off the technology, which is a criticism that has been levelled at the likes of Avatar and Tron: Legacy. There's an intimate, personal story that unfolds against a wondrous, vast canvas.

SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD:

The astronaut at the beginning, the third guy on the spacewalk with Ryan and Matt, Shariff (Paul Sharma)- he does the most obvious job of telegraphing his impending demise. I'm not trying to make an issue out of it, but the character is of a different ethnicity, and perhaps this is a variant of the "black dude dies first" trope. The image of him with a giant hole in his head is truly horrific and the family photo, while heavy handed, does hammer home the point.
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7:41AM on 10/17/2013

Saw it twice within 2 days

Gravity was awesome. Music, effects, story, acting. Nothing was wrong with it and everything was right. Kudos on an original movie. Please please please please please DO NOT make a sequel.
Gravity was awesome. Music, effects, story, acting. Nothing was wrong with it and everything was right. Kudos on an original movie. Please please please please please DO NOT make a sequel.
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6:24AM on 10/06/2013

technically and visually it was fantastic!

Unfortunately I thought it was a bit boring at times as well and Sandra Bullock isn't good enough of an actress to carry an entire movie on her own. With a better actress it would have been a lot better. But that still doesn't take away the tremendous technical achievements of this film. A sure fire oscar winner for visual effects and cinematography next year.
Unfortunately I thought it was a bit boring at times as well and Sandra Bullock isn't good enough of an actress to carry an entire movie on her own. With a better actress it would have been a lot better. But that still doesn't take away the tremendous technical achievements of this film. A sure fire oscar winner for visual effects and cinematography next year.
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8:47AM on 10/06/2013
I agree about Sandra Bullock. I think she really tried her best, but I couldn't help but wonder if any of the other actresses considered for or attached to the role at one point or another (Angelina Jolie, Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson) would have been a better fit.
I agree about Sandra Bullock. I think she really tried her best, but I couldn't help but wonder if any of the other actresses considered for or attached to the role at one point or another (Angelina Jolie, Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson) would have been a better fit.
10:24AM on 10/06/2013
I think Bullock brought a certain charm to the role. Other actresses considered for the part has played tough, heroic female characters that it's hard not to associate them with those roles. Bullock is rather trained to play the timid damsel in distress, so watching her in GRAVITY as a character that evolves from a person who had the least reason to live to the strong and hardened person she needed to be is an exciting experience.
I think Bullock brought a certain charm to the role. Other actresses considered for the part has played tough, heroic female characters that it's hard not to associate them with those roles. Bullock is rather trained to play the timid damsel in distress, so watching her in GRAVITY as a character that evolves from a person who had the least reason to live to the strong and hardened person she needed to be is an exciting experience.
12:08PM on 10/06/2013
You do have a very valid point, moonrider. I think she felt like a convincing rookie, out of her depth. It was the rawer, more emotional moments that she appeared to struggle at least a little with.
You do have a very valid point, moonrider. I think she felt like a convincing rookie, out of her depth. It was the rawer, more emotional moments that she appeared to struggle at least a little with.
4:52AM on 10/06/2013

Best of the year so far...

Let's face it, 2013 has been fairly lackluster with only a handful so far of standout pictures. Thank goodness there's Gravity, a technical marvel that further solidifies Cuaron's status as a unique and necessary filmmaker. I agree with oscarxp25-I find it hard to picture anyone holding the award for Best Director come Oscar time other than Cuaron. This is the only fictional film I've seen taking place in outer space that actually looks like it was filmed on location. We can nitpick about the
Let's face it, 2013 has been fairly lackluster with only a handful so far of standout pictures. Thank goodness there's Gravity, a technical marvel that further solidifies Cuaron's status as a unique and necessary filmmaker. I agree with oscarxp25-I find it hard to picture anyone holding the award for Best Director come Oscar time other than Cuaron. This is the only fictional film I've seen taking place in outer space that actually looks like it was filmed on location. We can nitpick about the soso script during the home video release (when such flaws will be more noticeable). For now Gravity is a movie for the big screen (the biggest possible-IMAX was great) and one of the rare occasions where the 3D is a necessity.
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7:49AM on 10/06/2013
Nope. Not the best of the year and with the slate of films still yet to come, it won't even be close.
Nope. Not the best of the year and with the slate of films still yet to come, it won't even be close.
1:50PM on 10/06/2013
I love how the soloist states opinion as fact. I guess I'll take a leaf from his book. Yes it is the best film of the year so far, and with the slate of films still yet to come... It will still be an amazing achievement in film and a standout of a lackluster 2013. What's been better so far or even in the same level of competition?
I love how the soloist states opinion as fact. I guess I'll take a leaf from his book. Yes it is the best film of the year so far, and with the slate of films still yet to come... It will still be an amazing achievement in film and a standout of a lackluster 2013. What's been better so far or even in the same level of competition?
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1:58AM on 10/07/2013
All i can say is I think we've found another Oscars visual fx contender for next year with my other predictions being Star Trek: ID, Iron 3, Elysium and now Gravity.
All i can say is I think we've found another Oscars visual fx contender for next year with my other predictions being Star Trek: ID, Iron 3, Elysium and now Gravity.
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3:10PM on 10/06/2013

A modern day 2001

Gravity blew away all my expectations. I went in thinking it would be an hour and a half of Bullock and Clooney floating through space, but what I got was an edge of your seat thrill ride. This is sure to get a lot of attention come Oscar season.
Gravity blew away all my expectations. I went in thinking it would be an hour and a half of Bullock and Clooney floating through space, but what I got was an edge of your seat thrill ride. This is sure to get a lot of attention come Oscar season.
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5:37AM on 10/06/2013
I love the film, and Sandra Bullock is at her best here. I do feel that Clooney's character is leaning a bit too closely to being a 'manic pixie dream guy' and the whole movie can sometimes feel like an overly extended adaptation of CoD Modern Warfare 2's level "Second Sun". That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. I think it's apt to say that GRAVITY is not just a movie, it's an entertaining thrill ride.
I love the film, and Sandra Bullock is at her best here. I do feel that Clooney's character is leaning a bit too closely to being a 'manic pixie dream guy' and the whole movie can sometimes feel like an overly extended adaptation of CoD Modern Warfare 2's level "Second Sun". That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. I think it's apt to say that GRAVITY is not just a movie, it's an entertaining thrill ride.
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1:36AM on 10/06/2013

Wow..

The film was a masterpiece. Sure, some of the back story was weak but the overall technical skill involved was beyond amazing. Cauron is a lock for a best director nomination and he better win. I was in awe of what I saw more than once during the whole film. Definitely one of the best of the year!
The film was a masterpiece. Sure, some of the back story was weak but the overall technical skill involved was beyond amazing. Cauron is a lock for a best director nomination and he better win. I was in awe of what I saw more than once during the whole film. Definitely one of the best of the year!
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2:45AM on 10/08/2013
Great visuals, ok story, Clooney playing himself again. 7/10, not as good as Moon or Sunshine.
Great visuals, ok story, Clooney playing himself again. 7/10, not as good as Moon or Sunshine.
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6:29AM on 10/06/2013
Good movie, but the media hype WAAAAY oversold it. Also, for all his talk about other directors not knowing how to use 3D properly, I didn't see Cuaron do anything different with the fad in this movie. Again, good movie, but Children of Men is still his best film.
Good movie, but the media hype WAAAAY oversold it. Also, for all his talk about other directors not knowing how to use 3D properly, I didn't see Cuaron do anything different with the fad in this movie. Again, good movie, but Children of Men is still his best film.
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5:53AM on 10/06/2013

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I enjoyed the visual effects that were in the movie. That was probably the best part. Cuaron does really good action in his movies, and I wish he would take on something like a Bond movie. The rest of the movie is standard Bullock and Clooney. Not very interesting and bland at times. Although Clooney didn't annoy me so much this time. This movie is getting over hyped a bit.
I enjoyed the visual effects that were in the movie. That was probably the best part. Cuaron does really good action in his movies, and I wish he would take on something like a Bond movie. The rest of the movie is standard Bullock and Clooney. Not very interesting and bland at times. Although Clooney didn't annoy me so much this time. This movie is getting over hyped a bit.
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5:18PM on 10/06/2013

Not "bad", by any means, but...

Where Children of Men wows me with its tangible grit and fascinatingly accomplished long takes (even if there are hidden cuts), Gravity underwhelms. Cuaron's blocking is impressive, but where Children of Men (and other great special effects films) have me marveling at the craft at work, Gravity has me thinking, "Gee, a bunch of people sat at their computers for countless hours..." which is far less impressive. I might be more forgiving if there were something tying it together, but alas the
Where Children of Men wows me with its tangible grit and fascinatingly accomplished long takes (even if there are hidden cuts), Gravity underwhelms. Cuaron's blocking is impressive, but where Children of Men (and other great special effects films) have me marveling at the craft at work, Gravity has me thinking, "Gee, a bunch of people sat at their computers for countless hours..." which is far less impressive. I might be more forgiving if there were something tying it together, but alas the only reason for any minor characterization or plot here is just an excuse to keep the special effects screen saver going longer. It looks good, it's moderately entertaining, Bullock is excellent... but in the end it's just a special effects show. Movies like this make me wonder why the Oscars don't consider them for "Best Animated Feature".
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10:35AM on 10/07/2013
Says the dude who likes Sarah Jessica Parker!! Opinion: Void!
Says the dude who likes Sarah Jessica Parker!! Opinion: Void!
6:09PM on 10/07/2013
lol fair enough
lol fair enough
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