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Roving Mars Reviews

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Peter Sobczynski

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/5

February 4, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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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 Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

January 27, 2006
Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
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The sad thing is, even for NASA/space fans, a snooze isn't out of the question despite the film's scant 40-minute running time.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2006
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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There aren't enough pyrotechnics in the paltry 40-minute run time to justify the ticket price.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 27, 2006
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 22, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Based on actual photos the rovers continue to buzz back to planet Earth, the CGI landscapes are impressive but the camera maneuvers are ungodly.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2006
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 18, 2006
Dan Fienberg

Placing this 45-minute commercial for the space program on overpriced IMAX screens isn't doing so much a public service as, well, business as usual.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 26, 2006
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Urban Cinefile

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 Source: Urban Cinefile

March 27, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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While it does present a series of stirring images of the Red Planet, far too much of the film's already brief (40-minute) running time is consumed by shots of anxious-looking scientists and engineers peering intently at their computer monitors.

January 27, 2006

E! Online

If this is the real Mars, we'll stick with the more vivid depiction of the planet from Total Recall, thank you very much.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C-

January 27, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

September 15, 2006
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Unlike most IMAX films, which have a stately, almost static feeling, this movie has moments as immediate and involving as a feature film.

| Original Score: B+

January 26, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If the mission of Roving Mars is to get us jazzed again about outer space, it's mission: accomplished.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 26, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A splendidly photographed IMAX 2-D film.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2006
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: A

April 16, 2009
David Cornelius

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 25, 2007
Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
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Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2009
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[P]retty much a big, beautiful ad for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and so what?

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 26, 2006
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January 28, 2006

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February 4, 2006
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