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Solaris Reviews

June 24, 2006
Scripted, shot, directed and edited by Soderbergh with his customary intelligence and assurance, this is perhaps the most ambiguous and cerebrally sophisticated Hollywood movie in nearly three decades.
December 19, 2002
Fiasco of infuriating pretentiousness and numbing incoherence.
December 19, 2002
I prefer Soderbergh's concentration on his two lovers over Tarkovsky's mostly male, mostly patriarchal debating societies.
November 29, 2002
A hushed, haunted tone poem about love and loss.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 29, 2002
[Soderbergh] tends to place most of the psychological and philosophical material in italics rather than trust an audience's intelligence, and he creates an overall sense of brusqueness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 28, 2002
A solemn, splintered meditation on lost love: a movie about personal space, in space.
November 28, 2002
It is, all at once, exhilarating, frustrating, cryptic and wise.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2002
Although it's meant to be restrained and free of emotional hysteria, the result is a movie that pretty much lies dead on the screen for an hour and a half.
November 27, 2002
One for the graduate students who know everything about movies except how to enjoy them.
November 27, 2002
Soderbergh does a fine job creating a moody atmosphere of pervasive anxiety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 27, 2002
Meshing philosophical inquiry with a propulsive otherworldly mystery, it has the smart-pop quality of a vintage episode of Star Trek.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2002
While it's rather bracing to see a movie in which everything isn't spelled out from the start ... Solaris is too often a mystifying genre experiment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 27, 2002
If you give it half a chance, it will bore into your subconscious, mess with your mind and leave you mumbling, 'Hmm, what if --'
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 27, 2002
Comes across as less than a spontaneous work of the heart and more like a grim-faced stab at artistic importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 27, 2002
A return to what sci-fi was meant to be: Not a way to titillate teenage boys, but a means of finding a context for complex human issues.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 27, 2002
So beautifully made (everything in it is understated except the gorgeous good looks of its stars) and turns out to have such real cumulative power that it is worth holding out to the end.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 27, 2002
This cold, occasionally dull movie practically defies you to embrace it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 27, 2002
The filmmaking is extraordinarily assured, and any credible attempt to keep science fiction from becoming exclusively the province of 13-year-olds is welcome.
Read More | Original Score: A-
November 27, 2002
A shrewdly pared-down version that confines its focus to a single issue for the ages: the nature of romantic passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 27, 2002
The most opaque, self-indulgent and just plain goofy an excuse for a movie as you can imagine.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
November 27, 2002
An example of an A-list director and movie star using their clout to do what more people in their position should: challenge themselves and their audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 27, 2002
A serious movie with serious ideas. But seriously, folks, it doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 27, 2002
The kind of smart film that has people arguing about it on their way out of the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 27, 2002
[Soderbergh] goes so far into the terrors and rewards of romantic love that he comes out the other side into the universal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 27, 2002
Tautly elliptical story of love, memory, guilt and redemption.
November 27, 2002
Visually astonishing and thoroughly admirable.
November 27, 2002
Soderbergh, in essence, has come up with a plodding and far less psychologically arresting version of Ghost.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 27, 2002
A thought-provoking exploration of the elusive nature of relationships.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 26, 2002
It's an example of sophisticated, challenging filmmaking that stands, despite its noticeable lack of emotional heft, in welcome contrast to the indulgent dead-end experimentation of the director's previous Full Frontal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 26, 2002
In the Hollywood pantheon of recycled heroes, [Clooney] suggests a Clark Gable for the new millennium, without the raised eyebrow and rakish leer.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 26, 2002
This is as elegant, moody, intelligent, sensuous, and sustained a studio movie as we are likely to see this season.
November 26, 2002
Its audacious ambitions sabotaged by pomposity, Steven Soderbergh's space opera emerges as a numbingly dull experience.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 26, 2002
Soderbergh skims the fat from the 1972 film. What's left is a rich stew of longing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2002
The smartest science fiction film since Blade Runner, and yes, that includes The Matrix.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 26, 2002
It's a lovely, eerie film that casts an odd, rapt spell.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2002
Solaris is neither as effective nor as ambitious as Kubrick's masterpiece, but it's still a compelling cinematic experience for those who are willing to abandon themselves to the unforced, measured rhythms of an issues-based motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2002
Whatever else one might say of Soderbergh and Clooney, they understand that clout is something you exercise, not something you safeguard.
Read More | Original Score: 63/100
November 22, 2002
Despite its undeniably pure and earnest intent, Solaris is equally undeniably an arid, dull affair that imposes and maintains a huge distance between the viewer and what happens onscreen.
November 22, 2002
Pleasingly, Soderbergh does not pander much to expectations and more than once evokes Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
November 20, 2002
A mind-bender in the best sense of the word: The spell it casts follows you all the way home.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 18, 2002
It's very thoughtful and it's the kind of movie you have to discuss afterwards.