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August 21, 2017
Stalker is in truth about the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union-and therefore, the end of the 20th century and the socialist experiment.
July 31, 2017
Arguably Andrei Tarkovsky's finest masterpiece, the Russian director's 1979 film is the culmination of a career-long preoccupation with memory, trauma and the relationship between subjective perception and physical reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
August 9, 2017
A bleak sleepwalk into the heart of darkness.
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
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
December 16, 2013
Tarkovsky realizes the allegorical tale with an overwhelming density of visual detail ...
June 27, 2017
Jean Paul Sartre's 'No Exit' meets 'Waiting For Godot" in Chernobyl in this influential filmic think piece from visionary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 30, 2007
Not an easy film, but almost certainly a great one.
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.
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
September 9, 2017
Aa lengthy, talky quest for meaning, punctuated by long takes and huge moments of silence. Ultimately though, it's a rewarding one for sure, especially once you fall under the spell of its hypnotic filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
March 5, 2002
More obviously a metaphorical construct than Tarkovsky's Solaris, and as a result, a bit less emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
June 21, 2005
The film is only as good as what the individual brings to it.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
November 28, 2006
The focus is solely on the internalized motives of these characters. Despite this, Stalker remains a lucidly visual film.
May 18, 2017
The film has a hypnotic pull, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into its enigmatic adventure by crafting a world all its own.
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