One of the most immediately involving science-fiction films in recent memory.
| Original Score: B
In most modern science fiction, scientists are not depicted as noble. In the tradition of Frankenstein, they are often depicted as villains. This movie presents real science and scientists at their noble, courageous best.
An exciting but subdued sci-fi thriller about astronauts on a fouled-up mission to find out if there's life on Jupiter.
| Original Score: B+
There is an earthbound integrity and deeply respectful approach to the science in Europa Report that imbues the story with a gritty intensity, lifting it beyond its B-movie framework.
The best science fiction films have no chases, no guns blaring, no zombies, no prosthetic makeup, and no suspension of the laws of science. This is one of the best of recent years.
| Original Score: 8/10
Its ideas trump its method, a necessity when working in a weary genre.
| Original Score: 3/4
While it does look and feel genuine at times and you're not ever able to shake that wondrous sensation of potential discovery, Europa Report fails to ever really wow its audience.
| Original Score: 6/10
I've never been so engrossed in frank conversations involving landing zones, ice drilling, or hydrazine.
| Original Score: 4/5
... maintains an intimacy and a slow-paced authenticity to the proceedings that helps to gradually increase the tension without sacrificing character development.
Puts a premium on credibility
Until things go wrong in the last quarter it's like looking at CNN.
There is something refreshing in the decidedly downbeat "Europa Report," a science-fiction film with the emphasis on science that doesn't cheat on the tension.
The film is resonant and largely satisfying, but in a smaller, more cerebral way than many of its genre.
Low key and earnest, Sebastián Cordero's "Europa Report" makes compelling use of familiar genre material to create an intelligent science fiction thriller.
Like many other dull road trips, your response to this one might be a quick nap.
| Original Score: 2/4
If it had a torso, it'd be wearing a pocket protector.
A solidly cast, interesting budget concept is absolutely wrecked by terrible editing and needless voiceover that is at first wearying and then just ire-provoking.
| Original Score: C-
A suspenseful drama proving that outer space is a very mysterious and a very dangerous place.
There are scenes of unutterable beauty in Europa Report, a low-budget space exploration sci-fi suspenser from Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero.
A small, brilliantly cast sci-fi gem, a riveting piece of minimalist work.
| Original Score: A minus