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Silent Running Reviews

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Film4
March 2, 2012
Among the most intelligent and entertaining sci-fi films of the 1970.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 14, 2009
Suffers from age, but Trumbull's vision still glows, as does terrific Bruce Dern in practically solo turn.
| Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 18, 2008
Visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (notable for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind), made his directorial debut with this eco-themed sci-fi classic
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
June 16, 2008
The movie has a great premise, but the execution doesn't live up to the potential.

TV Guide
June 4, 2007
Silent Running concentrates heavily on special effects, resulting in some stunning imagery. Dern gives an engaging, against-type performance, though the script is stretched out very thin to support a feature-length film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 4, 2007
The production lacks much dramatic credibility and often teeters on the edge of the ludicrous.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2007
The film is enjoyable for its intimacy, seriousness, and intelligent character work, virtues not perpetuated by the subsequent new wave.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 15, 2006
Embora obviamente datado e piegas em alguns momentos (as seqüências musicais são constrangedoras), desperta algumas boas indagações filosóficas que se tornam bem mais interessantes que as discussões ecológicas que o filme pretende provocar.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A wonderful film.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Silent Running is no jerry-built science fiction film, but it's a little too simple-minded to be consistently entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
... a movie out of the ordinary -- especially if you like science fiction.
| Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 12, 2004
The most notable thing about it is its mixed message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 14, 2002
A pretty s-f outing, good special effects, but slow at times.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 27, 2002
A great, overlooked science fiction classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
Morally challenging science fiction drama with a protagonist who is a genuine ecological hero.
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
June 27, 2002
Perhaps if I had experienced this movie when I was twelve years old, I'd have come away with something more than a lot of yawns and the desire to plant a tree.
| Original Score: 64/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 13, 2002
Terribly dated, but still intriguing didactic science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 7, 2002
Silent Running definitely shows its age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 3, 2002
Songs from Joan Baez borders on chalkboard-grating, to the point where I had to simply shut the DVD off during the closing credits.
| Original Score: 3/5
Phil Freeman
culturevulture.net
November 21, 2001
As a time-capsule, it's mildly diverting; as farce, it's terrific; as a parable, it's utterly useless.
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