Christopher Nolan's latest offering, the highly anticipated film Interstellar, hits screens across New Zealand this Thursday.
Set in the not-so-distant future, the hyped sci-fi flick stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine, and explores the possibilities of interstellar space travel.
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So far the movie has received strong reviews, with a 75 per cent rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes. But it's also getting a fair share of criticism.
Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.
Empire magazine called Interstellar "brainy, barmy and beautiful to behold, this is Stephen Hawking's Star Trek: a mind-bending opera of space and time with a soul wrapped up in all the science."
Entertainment Weekly also praised Nolan "as the rare director whose singular vision is buoyed by infinite artistic freedom," adding that, "Christopher Nolan would be derelict if he didn't take gargantuan risks. It's good for us that he does."
"What pulls you in is its hugely confident architecture as a piece of storytelling - its brave fictitiousness. Nolan comes very close here, one might almost say agonisingly close, to forging his masterpiece." raved The Telegraph.
However, not everyone is a fan.
"I can imagine, in some other galaxy or dimension, a more exciting Interstellar, one that is more coldly curious about all that lies beyond human perception." Vanity Fair said about the film.
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and David Oyelowo.
"It's a glorious spectacle, but a slight drama, with few characters and too-rare flashes of humour," The Guardian's reviewer wrote.
"It wants to awe us into submission, to concede our insignificance in the face of such grand-scale art. It achieves that with ease. Yet on his way to making an epic, Nolan forgot to let us have fun."
Mackenzie Foy and Matthew McConaughey.
Although Interstellar has come up against some tough critics, it has received a warm reception from fans, with a positive Rotten Tomatoes audience rating of 99 per cent.
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* Interstellar is out in New Zealand cinemas November 6. Read our review of Interstellar in this week's issue of TimeOut out Thursday.