Silent Running
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Bruce Dern stars as the caretaker of a greenhouse located on a group of space stations that are sent into orbit. The Earth has been stripped clean of foliage, and the greenhouse contains the last remaining greenery from the planet. Dern's staff includes three human beings and a trio of endearing robots named Huey, Dewey, and Louie. When word arrives, from the powers that be, that the greenhouse is to be destroyed (the space station is more valuable to man when hauling cargo and not "preserving the ecology of the universe"), Dern decides to ignore the order. He also decides to go… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The production lacks much dramatic credibility and often teeters on the edge of the ludicrous."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Silent Running is no jerry-built science fiction film, but it's a little too simple-minded to be consistently entertaining."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Suffers from age, but Trumbull's vision still glows, as does terrific Bruce Dern in practically solo turn."
‑ Steve Crum,
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A pretty s-f outing, good special effects, but slow at times."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The film is enjoyable for its intimacy, seriousness, and intelligent character work, virtues not perpetuated by the subsequent new wave."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"... a movie out of the ordinary -- especially if you like science fiction."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A great, overlooked science fiction classic."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A wonderful film."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Among the most intelligent and entertaining sci-fi films of the 1970."
‑ , Film4
"The movie has a great premise, but the execution doesn't live up to the potential."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
"The most notable thing about it is its mixed message."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Morally challenging science fiction drama with a protagonist who is a genuine ecological hero."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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