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Roving Mars (2006)

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

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

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

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

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Mars is Earth's closest planetary neighbor, and for decades scientists have been curious about the so-called "Red Planet," wondering if it's possible that life exists there, how its soil and terrain differs from our own, and if water can be found. While sending a manned space mission to Mars has been considered beyond the reach of America's space program, in 2001 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration approved a mission to send two "rovers" to Mars -- wheeled robots that would send

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

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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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.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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...has been designed to appeal primarily to viewers with an inherent interest in all things outer space...

January 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

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

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

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

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
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.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
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.

March 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

January 28, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

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