Solaris (1976)

This Russian science-fiction epic focuses on a scientist who is sent to a space station to investigate a mysterious death. There, he discovers that the nearby planet of Solaris is having dangerous effects on the crew members, somehow… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Solaris is a haunting, meditative film that uses sci-fi to raise complex questions about humanity and existence.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Tarkovsky's speculative visions enfold the mysteries of death and rebirth, the lost paradise of childhood, the power of art to define identity, the menace of science as destructive vanity ...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

More an exploration of inner than of outer space, Tarkovsky's eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker's boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals.

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Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central

In Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris, we have made contact with the aliens, and they want you to call your mom.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The effects are scanty, the drama gloomy, the philosophy of the film thick as a cloud of ozone. The plot is not all that original either.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's a smart response to the superficial excesses of the sci-fi genre.

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

Proves the yin to Kubrick's yang, not out of contrarian longing, but because that was the form best suited for the content Tarkovsky wanted to explore.

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Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme.

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Richard Eder
New York Times

This complex and sometimes very beautiful film is about humanity but hardly at all about politics.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Its discussion of passion and obsession, regret and reconciliation is consistently challenging and offers few easy answers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris is a masterwork of Science Fiction cinema that ranks up there with some of the finest in the genre. Solaris is a simple idea,… More
Devon Bott
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Chris Weber
You really have to be in the right mood and frame of mind to watch this and get all the way through. That doesn't mean you need to be high, but that might… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Solaris poses the question, "does the capacity for logic and emotion conceive Humanity?" A source of mysterious energy, Solaris is a fictional ether… More
Adriel Lim
A laboriously long science-fiction film gives time for deep meditation about human existence and its perplexing themes. A bit tad too long, but it must be, in… More
Greg S
An astronaut on a satellite circling a mysterious planet that may be alive meets, and falls in love with, a hallucinated version of his dead wife. A… More