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.
| Original Score: 4/4
Tarkovsky realizes the allegorical tale with an overwhelming density of visual detail ...
Not an easy film, but almost certainly a great one.
I found the overall atmosphere, benign but potentially dangerous, far more stimulating and imaginative than a sci-fi story entirely spelled out for us.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Powerful and haunting sci-fi parable imbued by Tarkovsky with a multi-layered visual resonance and, despite its stately pace, raw emotional impact.
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.
More obviously a metaphorical construct than Tarkovsky's Solaris, and as a result, a bit less emotionally satisfying.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Tarkovsky's allegory's imagery will sere its nightmare images into the deepest, darkest corners of your subconscious.
| Original Score: 91/100
The film is only as good as what the individual brings to it.
| Original Score: A+
[It] has enough hauntingly beautiful images and profound ideas to linger in one's mind.
Visually unforgettable and possibly Tarkovsky's finest work.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Stalker, a somber futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
| Original Score: 4/5
A vast prose-poem on celluloid whose forms and ideas were to be borrowed by moviemakers like Lynch and Spielberg.
Seminal feature from Tarkovsky, the master of atmosphere and multi-functional allegory is truly affecting, as well as fodder for countless film studies curricula.