• Solaris
    1 minutes 16 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Solaris Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Soderbergh fashions an ambitious conceit into a sub-Shyamalan movie.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 11, 2002
Michael Szymanski

One big blustery movie where nothing really happens. When it comes out on video, then it's the perfect cure for insomnia.

Full Review Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 1/4

November 26, 2002
Eric D. Snider

It tells its story in a flat manner and leaves you with the impression that you should have gotten more out of it than you did.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C

November 30, 2002
Victoria Alexander

Ponderous...dismally realized and offers no answers to the puzzle presented.

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November 21, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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One for the graduate students who know everything about movies except how to enjoy them.

November 27, 2002
Todd McCarthy
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Despite its undeniably pure and earnest intent, Solaris is equally undeniably an arid, dull affair that imposes and maintains a huge distance between the viewer and what happens onscreen.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 22, 2002
Rebecca Murray

A movie with little joy, no oomph, and paced so agonizingly slow that I fought a constant battle against nodding off.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: D

December 17, 2002
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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[Soderbergh] tends to place most of the psychological and philosophical material in italics rather than trust an audience's intelligence, and he creates an overall sense of brusqueness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 1/4

November 29, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

As a thoughtful but self-indulgent showcase, Solaris has its rare moments of chilly reception. The film's pathos is in the pudding but the taste has the welcomed flavor of a crunchy moon rock.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2002
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

While Mr. Soderbergh's direction is always compelling, the whole film does not always equal the sum of its parts.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2007
Christopher Null

This much random psychobabble hasn't flattened a movie this badly since Kirk found "God" at the center of the galaxy in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 26, 2002
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Solaris volleys between genius and garbage for the first half an hour then the odious reality of where we are heading becomes sadly clear.

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 2/4

November 29, 2002
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

There's no emotional pulse to Solaris. With an emotional sterility to match its outer space setting, Soderbergh's spectacular swing for the fence yields only a spectacular whiff.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: D

December 2, 2002
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Solaris is rigid and evasive in ways that Soderbergh's best films, "Erin Brockovich," "Out of Sight" and "Ocean's Eleven," never were.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C+

December 6, 2002
Jeanne Aufmuth

A surprisingly dull adaptation of the classic 1961 science-fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem.

Full Review Source: Aufmuth.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 25, 2002
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This tale of the battle between predestination and free choice may hold some appeal to more mature audiences but will be hard pressed to get the younger, laser-sword-loving sci-fi fans to the theaters.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 27, 2002
Susan Granger

It's a weird, risky concept about illusion and reality. Sometimes risks pay off, sometimes they don't. This doesn't.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

November 27, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Its audacious ambitions sabotaged by pomposity, Steven Soderbergh's space opera emerges as a numbingly dull experience.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D

November 26, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Comes across as less than a spontaneous work of the heart and more like a grim-faced stab at artistic importance.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

November 27, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Although it's meant to be restrained and free of emotional hysteria, the result is a movie that pretty much lies dead on the screen for an hour and a half.

November 27, 2002

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