Roving Mars (2006)



Critic Consensus: Roving Mars is a decent thrill ride even when it starts feeling like a commercial plug for NASA's failing space program.

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Is there life on Mars? That is one of the questions posed by this IMAX film, which details the journey of Spirit and Opportunity, two rovers exploring the red planet.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Paul Newman
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Critic Reviews for Roving Mars

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (18)

Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Boston Globe
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One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.

September 15, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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Not having a way to capture images of the machines at work means that too much of Butler's film ... is disappointingly made up of computer simulations.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
Detroit Free Press
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It's harder still not to root for anthropomorphized Spirit and Opportunity as time and again they perform like whirring, beeping little robots-that-could, far exceeding the expectations of the people who designed and built them.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Only a series of pics featuring a set of strange little nodes that look like blueberries planted in a pile of red rocks carry any kind of translatable otherworldly kick.

Full Review… | February 1, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Roving Mars

A nice flashback to the previous 2 roving explorers on Mars. Not the greatest "doc" on the subject, probably relying heavily on being originally realsed in IMAX, but it was still interesting enough to hold the kids interests for 40 minutes and inspire them to want to learn more about Mars.

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

Saw it in Omnimax. Very impressive visuals and fascinating content. Makes you want to be an astronaut.

Mark Hanley
Mark Hanley

Brings you face to face with the amazingly complex rovers and the equally complex process behind their creation and launch. I would definitely suggest this to anyone with a strong interest in the exploration of space.

Jason S
Jason S

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