Roving Mars Reviews

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April 16, 2009
The interaction of two amazing NASA roving robots, named "Spirit" and "Opportunity," with the mysterious terrain of Mars is authentically captured by writer/director George Butler on IMAX cameras.
January 17, 2009
...has been designed to appeal primarily to viewers with an inherent interest in all things outer space...
January 16, 2009
Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama.
August 7, 2008
May 8, 2008
Originally made for IMAX screens, George Butler's Roving Mars is a visual marvel %u2013 even if it boils down to a piece of corporate propaganda.
August 11, 2007
June 25, 2007
Standard IMAX docu fare: a few talking heads, some lush narration, and a whole heap of impressive visuals.
February 22, 2007
The actual images from the barren surface of our solar neighbor don't fill the giant screen.
October 6, 2006
It's shot through with edge-of-your-seat excitement.
September 15, 2006
One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.
August 18, 2006
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.
June 16, 2006
Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy.
April 13, 2006
The first third of the film is weak, but from there it blasts off with strength and connects emotionally, visually, intellectually and even motivationally with the audience.
March 27, 2006
Too small for the giant Imax screen, Roving Mars is an interesting enough documentary about space exploration but doesn't deliver sufficient gee-whizzery.
February 4, 2006
Considering what it promises compared to what it actually delivers (especially when you factor in the inflated IMAX prices), even the most indulgent fan of space exploration is likely to walk away from Roving Mars feeling slightly ripped-off.
February 4, 2006
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.
February 1, 2006
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.
January 28, 2006
Probably isn't as enthralling as its makers hoped, but interesting enough to make for good, informative family entertainment.
January 27, 2006
That's about what it plays like: a gigantic commerical for more space travel, from a contractor who stands to benefit financially if we go, and a government agency whose budget is threatened.
January 27, 2006
There aren't enough pyrotechnics in the paltry 40-minute run time to justify the ticket price.
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