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Solaris Reviews

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Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
June 4, 2011 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 | Original Score: 9.1/10
Nick Rogers
October 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A thought provoking, fascinating and heart breaking glimpse into characters that must come to grips with their past.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 21, 2008
It's an unusual challenge for a Hollywood film with a major star, but worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
While Mr. Soderbergh's direction is always compelling, the whole film does not always equal the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 4, 2006
fascinating, despite its flaws
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Soderbergh's Solaris is a gorgeous and deceptively minimalist cinematic tone poem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Soderbergh's latest may well leave Stanislaw Lem grumbling. My bet is virtually everyone else will be blown away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
The images are crisp and the pacing faultless, as you'd expect with Soderbergh, and the soundtrack (with music by Cliff Martinez) is an environment in itself.
Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury
January 21, 2005
Many will justifiably find [it] a heady experience akin to 90 minutes of watching paint dry. Others will see that paint forming something close to a masterpiece.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Based on Stanislaw Lem's novel and Andrei Tarkovsky's sci-fi epic, Soderbergh's Solaris is drastically abridged and the most sentimental of the three.
| Original Score: B-
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
It remains as remote as Pluto from the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2004
An unoriginal piece of originality. Move on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 16, 2004
...Tarkovsky Lite, with George Clooney's naked posterior bringing up the rear.
Susan Michals
February 1, 2004
Sure Solaris is ambitious. Even audacious. But too many plot points are left to the audience's imagination without any explanation whatsoever.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 6, 2004
Love it or hate it, however, there's no question this is a seriously intended work by a major American filmmaker.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
... A rare film of value and true significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nik Huggins
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
I really wanted to like Solaris, but it offers very little, and will inevitably fall upon the barren ground in between commercial success and critical acclaim because it isn't courageous enough in its execution to appeal strongly to members of either camp.
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