Soderbergh fashions an ambitious conceit into a sub-Shyamalan movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
One big blustery movie where nothing really happens. When it comes out on video, then it's the perfect cure for insomnia.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: C
Ponderous...dismally realized and offers no answers to the puzzle presented.
One for the graduate students who know everything about movies except how to enjoy them.
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.
A movie with little joy, no oomph, and paced so agonizingly slow that I fought a constant battle against nodding off.
| Original Score: D
[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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
While Mr. Soderbergh's direction is always compelling, the whole film does not always equal the sum of its parts.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Solaris volleys between genius and garbage for the first half an hour then the odious reality of where we are heading becomes sadly clear.
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.
Solaris is rigid and evasive in ways that Soderbergh's best films, "Erin Brockovich," "Out of Sight" and "Ocean's Eleven," never were.
| Original Score: C+
A surprisingly dull adaptation of the classic 1961 science-fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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
Its audacious ambitions sabotaged by pomposity, Steven Soderbergh's space opera emerges as a numbingly dull experience.
Comes across as less than a spontaneous work of the heart and more like a grim-faced stab at artistic importance.
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.