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Stalker Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)
October 29, 2015
The pursuit of happiness takes on a meandering, philosophical and richly visual form in Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gilbert Adair
Sight and Sound
August 1, 2015
With this film, Tarkovsky re-entrusts to the medium a responsibility which in the West is upheld, if at all, only by documentaries (and by a rare maverick work like Pasolini's SalÚ): that of testifying, of showing.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 6, 2014
Directed by Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky with the same unearthly visual style, and the same mingled concern with technology and psychology, that he showed in his towering 'Solaris' a few years ago.

Total Film
April 29, 2014
Andrei Tarkovsky's epic inquiry into freedom and faith presents an arduous journey for the spectator, but conjures up its own mystical universe with majestic conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 16, 2013
Tarkovsky realizes the allegorical tale with an overwhelming density of visual detail ...
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 30, 2007
Seminal feature from Tarkovsky, the master of atmosphere and multi-functional allegory is truly affecting, as well as fodder for countless film studies curricula.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Jordison
May 30, 2007
Powerful and haunting sci-fi parable imbued by Tarkovsky with a multi-layered visual resonance and, despite its stately pace, raw emotional impact.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 30, 2007
There is no easy watching to be gained here, but nor is this a hard slog -- each scene is beautifully crafted, painting a vivid and fascinating picture of Tarkovsky's vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 30, 2007
Visually unforgettable and possibly Tarkovsky's finest work.
Peter Bradshaw
May 30, 2007
A vast prose-poem on celluloid whose forms and ideas were to be borrowed by moviemakers like Lynch and Spielberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 30, 2007
[It] has enough hauntingly beautiful images and profound ideas to linger in one's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
Not an easy film, but almost certainly a great one.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 28, 2006
The focus is solely on the internalized motives of these characters. Despite this, Stalker remains a lucidly visual film.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 3, 2006
I found the overall atmosphere, benign but potentially dangerous, far more stimulating and imaginative than a sci-fi story entirely spelled out for us.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 25, 2006
A tangled knot of memories, fears, fantasies, nightmares, paradoxical impulses, and a yearning for something that's simultaneously beyond our reach and yet intrinsic to every one of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Tarkovsky conjures images like you've never seen before; and as a journey to the heart of darkness, it's a good deal more persuasive than Coppola's.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 21, 2005
The film is only as good as what the individual brings to it.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Tom Dawson
March 13, 2005
Tarkovsky majestically creates through editing rather than special effects the unstable universe of the Zone, and amidst the grime and the destruction, summons up moments of pure magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
February 17, 2005
Tarkovsky's allegory's imagery will sere its nightmare images into the deepest, darkest corners of your subconscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 15, 2005
Stalker, a somber futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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