Solaris Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 11, 2002
Soderbergh fashions an ambitious conceit into a sub-Shyamalan movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
November 26, 2002
One big blustery movie where nothing really happens. When it comes out on video, then it's the perfect cure for insomnia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 30, 2002
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 | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
November 21, 2002
Ponderous...dismally realized and offers no answers to the puzzle presented.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 27, 2002
One for the graduate students who know everything about movies except how to enjoy them.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 22, 2002
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.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
December 17, 2002
A movie with little joy, no oomph, and paced so agonizingly slow that I fought a constant battle against nodding off.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 29, 2002
[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 | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
December 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 26, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
November 29, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
December 2, 2002
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 | Original Score: D
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 6, 2002
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 | Original Score: C+
Jeanne Aufmuth
Aufmuth.com
November 25, 2002
A surprisingly dull adaptation of the classic 1961 science-fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 27, 2002
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 | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
November 27, 2002
It's a weird, risky concept about illusion and reality. Sometimes risks pay off, sometimes they don't. This doesn't.
| Original Score: 4/10
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 26, 2002
Its audacious ambitions sabotaged by pomposity, Steven Soderbergh's space opera emerges as a numbingly dull experience.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 27, 2002
Comes across as less than a spontaneous work of the heart and more like a grim-faced stab at artistic importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 27, 2002
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.

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