Silent Running Reviews

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March 2, 2012
Among the most intelligent and entertaining sci-fi films of the 1970.
Steve Crum
March 14, 2009
Suffers from age, but Trumbull's vision still glows, as does terrific Bruce Dern in practically solo turn.
| Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 18, 2008
Visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (notable for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind), made his directorial debut with this eco-themed sci-fi classic

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 4, 2007
Silent Running concentrates heavily on special effects, resulting in some stunning imagery. Dern gives an engaging, against-type performance, though the script is stretched out very thin to support a feature-length film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2007
The film is enjoyable for its intimacy, seriousness, and intelligent character work, virtues not perpetuated by the subsequent new wave.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 15, 2006
Embora obviamente datado e piegas em alguns momentos (as seqüências musicais são constrangedoras), desperta algumas boas indagações filosóficas que se tornam bem mais interessantes que as discussões ecológicas que o filme pretende provocar.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A wonderful film.
Cole Smithey
November 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
September 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
... a movie out of the ordinary -- especially if you like science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 14, 2002
A pretty s-f outing, good special effects, but slow at times.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 27, 2002
A great, overlooked science fiction classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
Morally challenging science fiction drama with a protagonist who is a genuine ecological hero.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 13, 2002
Terribly dated, but still intriguing didactic science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Surprisingly good, albeit slightly melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
January 1, 1972
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
June 16, 2008
The movie has a great premise, but the execution doesn't live up to the potential.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
June 4, 2007
The production lacks much dramatic credibility and often teeters on the edge of the ludicrous.
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2012
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