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Stalker Reviews

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Gilbert Adair
Sight and Sound
August 1, 2015
With this film, Tarkovsky re-entrusts to the medium a responsibility which in the West is upheld, if at all, only by documentaries (and by a rare maverick work like Pasolini's SalÚ): that of testifying, of showing.
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
October 29, 2015
The pursuit of happiness takes on a meandering, philosophical and richly visual form in Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 25, 2006
A tangled knot of memories, fears, fantasies, nightmares, paradoxical impulses, and a yearning for something that's simultaneously beyond our reach and yet intrinsic to every one of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 16, 2013
Tarkovsky realizes the allegorical tale with an overwhelming density of visual detail ...
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
Not an easy film, but almost certainly a great one.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 3, 2006
I found the overall atmosphere, benign but potentially dangerous, far more stimulating and imaginative than a sci-fi story entirely spelled out for us.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 30, 2007
There is no easy watching to be gained here, but nor is this a hard slog -- each scene is beautifully crafted, painting a vivid and fascinating picture of Tarkovsky's vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sam Jordison
Film4
May 30, 2007
Powerful and haunting sci-fi parable imbued by Tarkovsky with a multi-layered visual resonance and, despite its stately pace, raw emotional impact.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Tarkovsky conjures images like you've never seen before; and as a journey to the heart of darkness, it's a good deal more persuasive than Coppola's.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
More obviously a metaphorical construct than Tarkovsky's Solaris, and as a result, a bit less emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
February 17, 2005
Tarkovsky's allegory's imagery will sere its nightmare images into the deepest, darkest corners of your subconscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 21, 2005
The film is only as good as what the individual brings to it.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 30, 2007
[It] has enough hauntingly beautiful images and profound ideas to linger in one's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 28, 2006
The focus is solely on the internalized motives of these characters. Despite this, Stalker remains a lucidly visual film.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 30, 2007
Visually unforgettable and possibly Tarkovsky's finest work.
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
March 13, 2005
Tarkovsky majestically creates through editing rather than special effects the unstable universe of the Zone, and amidst the grime and the destruction, summons up moments of pure magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 6, 2014
Directed by Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky with the same unearthly visual style, and the same mingled concern with technology and psychology, that he showed in his towering 'Solaris' a few years ago.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 15, 2005
Stalker, a somber futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 24, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 30, 2007
A vast prose-poem on celluloid whose forms and ideas were to be borrowed by moviemakers like Lynch and Spielberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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