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Roving Mars (2006)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: Roving Mars is a decent thrill ride even when it starts feeling like a commercial plug for NASA's failing space program.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: Roving Mars is a decent thrill ride even when it starts feeling like a commercial plug for NASA's failing space program.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 901

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Movie Info

Is there life on Mars? That is one of the questions posed by this IMAX film, which details the journey of Spirit and Opportunity, two rovers exploring the red planet.

Rating:
G
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
George Butler , Robert Milo Andrus
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 31, 2007
Box Office:
$10.0M
Runtime:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Roving Mars

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (11) | DVD (12)

Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Not having a way to capture images of the machines at work means that too much of Butler's film ... is disappointingly made up of computer simulations.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It's harder still not to root for anthropomorphized Spirit and Opportunity as time and again they perform like whirring, beeping little robots-that-could, far exceeding the expectations of the people who designed and built them.

Full Review… | February 4, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Only a series of pics featuring a set of strange little nodes that look like blueberries planted in a pile of red rocks carry any kind of translatable otherworldly kick.

Full Review… | February 1, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The interaction of two amazing NASA roving robots, named "Spirit" and "Opportunity," with the mysterious terrain of Mars is authentically captured by writer/director George Butler on IMAX cameras.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

...has been designed to appeal primarily to viewers with an inherent interest in all things outer space...

Full Review… | January 17, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

Originally made for IMAX screens, George Butler's Roving Mars is a visual marvel %u2013 even if it boils down to a piece of corporate propaganda.

Full Review… | May 8, 2008
Calgary Movies

Standard IMAX docu fare: a few talking heads, some lush narration, and a whole heap of impressive visuals.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
DVDTalk.com

The actual images from the barren surface of our solar neighbor don't fill the giant screen.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Film Journal International

It's shot through with edge-of-your-seat excitement.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune

The first third of the film is weak, but from there it blasts off with strength and connects emotionally, visually, intellectually and even motivationally with the audience.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
Hollywood Report Card

Too small for the giant Imax screen, Roving Mars is an interesting enough documentary about space exploration but doesn't deliver sufficient gee-whizzery.

Full Review… | March 27, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Considering what it promises compared to what it actually delivers (especially when you factor in the inflated IMAX prices), even the most indulgent fan of space exploration is likely to walk away from Roving Mars feeling slightly ripped-off.

Full Review… | February 4, 2006
eFilmCritic.com

Probably isn't as enthralling as its makers hoped, but interesting enough to make for good, informative family entertainment.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
One Guy's Opinion

Awe-inspiring and informative, but it's also entertaining and could trigger the desire for space exploration in a few future scientists-to-be.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006

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