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Roving Mars Reviews

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
September 15, 2006
One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
June 16, 2006
Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 27, 2006
A splendidly photographed IMAX 2-D film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 26, 2006
... a heartfelt tribute to a couple of robots.
January 26, 2006
The movie is more compelling than exciting with one exception: the kind of rocket blast-off sequence for which IMAX screens were seemingly invented.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2006
Read no more if you want to grow up to be an astronaut; here are 40 minutes of nonstop robots, spaceships and bright-eyed NASA geeks enthusing about tangles of circuitry and nifty hydraulics.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2006
Manages to present scientific inquiry as an emotional journey, during which two exquisitely designed machines go from being gears and hinges to the embodiment of our best hopes and dreams.
January 26, 2006
[Butler] caught the tense moments at NASA as scientists waited to see whether the robots would land safely. And he got amazing pictures from them of the red surface of Mars pocked with what may be dried-up lake basins and riverbeds.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 26, 2006
As informative as it is cool to look at, this Imax documentary combines science with special effects that would be the envy of any sci-fi film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 26, 2006
Why shouldn't the movie be gung-ho about it all? Those plucky little robots, Spirit and Opportunity, have been up there for almost two years now, and they're still sending back dazzling pictures and illuminating data.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4