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Spaceship Earth achieves liftoff as an engaging behind-the-scenes record of an audacious experiment -- and settles into orbit as poignant proof of the power of a shared dream. Read critic reviews

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In 1991 eight visionaries embark on a two-year experiment to quarantine themselves inside Biosphere 2 -- a self-engineered replica of Earth's ecosystem.

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  • The excitement around anything that pertained to space travel in 1991 is genuinely moving. But one is left with dark, messy hints rather than a satisfactory third act.

    August 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Wolf isn't the most elegant storyteller, but his material is so fascinating, you forgive the sprawl...

    July 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • My ignorance was so complete, in fact, that for the first few minutes of this film I kept suspecting some kind of docu-spoof. But it's all real...

    July 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • How a hippie-utopian notion became a reality - and turned into an Icarus-like parable of how big business and activism aren't the best bedfellows.

    May 20, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [Wolf's] documentary lacks the personality and drama that Biosphere 2 also lacked, and central questions about basic human functions within the project are unmentioned.

    May 18, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Whether eight people can survive like this for two years is for viewers to find out. As someone who didn't know the answer, I found the record of their time together compelling.

    May 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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