Note: This article was last updated on 10/28/2014. The reviews are subject to change in the near future.
Most of us assumed that Interstellar, being written and directed by Christopher Nolan, would be critically acclaimed in all aspects. However, a good chunk of the critics were unimpressed. That's not to say the movie is getting bad reviews, but a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes is far from what moviegoers were expecting.
Alonso Duralde of The Wrap says:
Nolan is, presumably, among a handful of filmmakers who gets to do whatever he wants with minimal studio intrusion, but the resolution of “Interstellar” feels so inorganic that you'd swear it was concocted by a Glendale focus group
Henry Barnes of The Guardian compared it unfavorably to Michael Bay's Armageddon:
Not every film need address the possibility of human extinction with the gung-ho silliness of Armageddon, but at least that was a space adventure. This is a science report.
Many of the criticisms are of the allegedly humorless tone, misguided story and disappointing ending while the visuals, performances, and overall theatrical experience was praised.
However, there are still plenty of positive reviews for the much-anticipated film. Scott Foundas of Variety states:
Reaffirms Nolan as the premier big-canvas storyteller of his generation, more than earning its place alongside "The Wizard of Oz," "2001," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Gravity" in the canon of Hollywood's visionary sci-fi head trips.
Dave Calhoun of Time Out adds:
A bold, beautiful cosmic adventure story with a touch of the surreal and the dreamlike.
For the most part though, most reviews are generally favorable. These reviews declare that the movie isn't legendary, but still a great theater experience. Examples include a review from Tim Grierson of Screen International, stating:
An emotional powerhouse when it isn't hokey, and a stunning spectacle when it doesn't get bogged down in plot logistics, "Interstellar" binds its strengths and weaknesses into a riveting whole.
Roth Cornet of IGN gave Interstellar an eight out of ten, saying:
Interstellar is a flawed, ambitious, gorgeous film that has the potential to either emotionally gob smack or befuddle.
It is unknown how Paramount will react to these reviews. With Man of Steel, they mainly kept the reviews under wraps until the week of the film's release. It is likely that they were expecting universal acclaim with Interstellar, so they let the reviews out early.
Still, there is time for more reviews to come in, so those who give the critics a say in what they see will have to wait. For those who don't care what the critics think, this article was entirely pointless. I apologize for wasting your time, but I hope you enjoy [Interstellar](movie:813746), due out November 7th in a theater near you.