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Roving Mars Reviews

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Peter Sobczynski
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2006
The sad thing is, even for NASA/space fans, a snooze isn't out of the question despite the film's scant 40-minute running time.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 27, 2006
There aren't enough pyrotechnics in the paltry 40-minute run time to justify the ticket price.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
The actual images from the barren surface of our solar neighbor don't fill the giant screen.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 18, 2006
Based on actual photos the rovers continue to buzz back to planet Earth, the CGI landscapes are impressive but the camera maneuvers are ungodly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Fienberg
January 26, 2006
Placing this 45-minute commercial for the space program on overpriced IMAX screens isn't doing so much a public service as, well, business as usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2006
While it does present a series of stirring images of the Red Planet, far too much of the film's already brief (40-minute) running time is consumed by shots of anxious-looking scientists and engineers peering intently at their computer monitors.

E! Online
January 27, 2006
If this is the real Mars, we'll stick with the more vivid depiction of the planet from Total Recall, thank you very much.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 15, 2006
One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 26, 2006
Unlike most IMAX films, which have a stately, almost static feeling, this movie has moments as immediate and involving as a feature film.
| Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 26, 2006
If the mission of Roving Mars is to get us jazzed again about outer space, it's mission: accomplished.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 27, 2006
A splendidly photographed IMAX 2-D film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Cornelius
June 25, 2007
Standard IMAX docu fare: a few talking heads, some lush narration, and a whole heap of impressive visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
January 16, 2009
Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 26, 2006
[P]retty much a big, beautiful ad for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and so what?
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