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Solaris (2002)



Critic Consensus: Slow-moving, cerebral, and ambiguous, Solaris is not a movie for everyone, but it offers intriguing issues to ponder.

Movie Info

A therapist travels to a distant space station to treat a group of astronauts traumatized by mysterious entities -- and ends up having to deal with an entity of his own -- in this second film version of Stanislaw Lem's philosophical sci-fi novel. Solaris stars George Clooney as Chris Kelvin, a psychologist still mourning the loss of his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) when he's implored by a colleague named Gibarian (Ulrich Tukur) to investigate the increasingly weird goings-on at the Prometheus space station. By the time Kelvin gets there, Gibarian has committed suicide, leaving only the cryptic, babbling Snow (Jeremy Davies) and the paranoid, guarded Gordon (Viola Davis), both of whom are holed up in their respective rooms. As Kelvin interrogates the skeleton crew, he learns that they've had unwanted "visitors," apparitions of long-dead friends, family, and loved ones who are apparently being generated by the interstellar energy source Solaris. The doctor is dubious of their claims until one night he, too, is greeted by his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone), whose death still torments him. At first skeptical of the new Rheya, Kelvin gradually becomes obsessed with her -- and with the guilt that he feels over their troubled marriage -- to the point where the others begin to fear for his sanity. Produced by James Cameron, Solaris represented director Steven Soderbergh's first screenplay credit since the independently financed Schizopolis in 1996. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexuality/nudity, brief language and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Stanislav Lem, Steven Soderbergh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2003
Box Office: $14.8M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


George Clooney
as Chris Kelvin
Ulrich Tukur
as Gibarian
Donna Kimball
as Mrs. Gibarian
Michael Ensign
as Friend No. 1
Morgan Rusler
as Suited Professional ...
Shane Skelton
as Young Boy/Gibarian's...
John Cho
as Suited Professional ...
Elpidia Carrillo
as Friend No. 2
Kent Faulcon
as Patient No. 1
Lauren Cohn
as Patient No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Solaris

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (41)

Scripted, shot, directed and edited by Soderbergh with his customary intelligence and assurance, this is perhaps the most ambiguous and cerebrally sophisticated Hollywood movie in nearly three decades.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Solaris is just boring. It's dull. God, is it dull! Dull! Dull! Dull! Dull! Dull!

Full Review… | January 10, 2016
Fat Guys at the Movies remains a fascinating work and its deep questioning of what makes us human when faced with simulacrums feels if anything more relevant today than when it was made.

Full Review… | June 4, 2011
Paste Magazine

Steven Soderbergh prunes Andrei Tartovsky?s 1972 film (based on Stanislaw Lem?s novel) to the clarity and concision of a great short story ? a forlorn, philosophical sci-fi romance treading the terrain of "Blade Runner?s" metaphysical melancholy.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010

A thought provoking, fascinating and heart breaking glimpse into characters that must come to grips with their past.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Steven Soderbergh's extremely sedate, Spartan science-fiction thriller and love story pits man's common sense and perceptions of a higher power against his own dreams and desires.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Solaris

This 2002 remake of Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris manages to be far less ambitious and goes straight to the point. I thought it was a good take on the classic film, but it doesn't have the epic visuals and terrific, yet simple story that the original possessed. Of course, this film echoes what the 1976 film had, but it never goes in depth with its subject, and it doesn't do anything new or refreshing. With that being said, Watch the original film instead, it's far superior and it's a classic of the genre. This remake is good, but it never comes close to the original. The acting in this remake is very good, and I thought that overall it was a solid film, but it also rushed through the story a bit. With the original, it took its time to let the story unfold and it worked brilliantly and that's one of the main reasons that Tarkovsky's Sci Fi classic is so unique and ultimately memorable. With this remake, you get a far shorter film, one that doesn't reach its potential and in turn lacks the development that made the original so good. Nonetheless, this remake is good, but it could have been better as well. Luckily the cast are great, and it's the film's strongest asset. However, I would recommend the 1976 film instead of this one, but if you want a more stripped down version, with less ambitious ideas, then this remake is for you. In terms of revamping a classic film, Solaris like every other remake before or after it has left a bit to be desired, and makes you want to watch the original film. The ideas expressed on-screen, are things we've seen before, and there never is new blood injected into the story. For a remake however, it's quite good, but it's nothing compared to the film that came before it.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Incoherent, but looks good and is well acted

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