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Roving Mars Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: A
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 17, 2009
...has been designed to appeal primarily to viewers with an inherent interest in all things outer space...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
January 16, 2009
Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
May 8, 2008
Originally made for IMAX screens, George Butler's Roving Mars is a visual marvel %u2013 even if it boils down to a piece of corporate propaganda.
David Cornelius
June 25, 2007
Standard IMAX docu fare: a few talking heads, some lush narration, and a whole heap of impressive visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
The actual images from the barren surface of our solar neighbor don't fill the giant screen.
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 6, 2006
It's shot through with edge-of-your-seat excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 15, 2006
One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 16, 2006
Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 13, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 27, 2006
Too small for the giant Imax screen, Roving Mars is an interesting enough documentary about space exploration but doesn't deliver sufficient gee-whizzery.
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 4, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
Peter Sobczynski
February 4, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
February 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 28, 2006
Probably isn't as enthralling as its makers hoped, but interesting enough to make for good, informative family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 27, 2006
That's about what it plays like: a gigantic commerical for more space travel, from a contractor who stands to benefit financially if we go, and a government agency whose budget is threatened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 27, 2006
There aren't enough pyrotechnics in the paltry 40-minute run time to justify the ticket price.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 27, 2006
A splendidly photographed IMAX 2-D film.
| Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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