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A therapist travels to a distant space station to treat a group of astronauts traumatized by mysterious entities -- and ends up having to deal with an entity of his own -- in this second film version of Stanislaw Lem's philosophical sci-fi novel. Solaris stars George Clooney as Chris Kelvin, a psychologist still mourning the loss of his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) when he's implored by a colleague named Gibarian (Ulrich Tukur) to investigate the increasingly weird goings-on at the Prometheus space station. By the time Kelvin gets there, Gibarian has committed suicide, leaving only… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A hushed, haunted tone poem about love and loss."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
" remains a fascinating work and its deep questioning of what makes us human when faced with simulacrums feels if anything more relevant today than when it was made."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"Steven Soderbergh's extremely sedate, Spartan science-fiction thriller and love story pits man's common sense and perceptions of a higher power against his own dreams and desires."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"fascinating, despite its flaws"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Fiasco of infuriating pretentiousness and numbing incoherence."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"[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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Steven Soderbergh prunes Andrei Tartovsky?s 1972 film (based on Stanislaw Lem?s novel) to the clarity and concision of a great short story ? a forlorn, philosophical sci-fi romance treading the terrain of "Blade Runner?s" metaphysical melancholy."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"It's an unusual challenge for a Hollywood film with a major star, but worth the effort."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Soderbergh's Solaris is a gorgeous and deceptively minimalist cinematic tone poem."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"I prefer Soderbergh's concentration on his two lovers over Tarkovsky's mostly male, mostly patriarchal debating societies."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A solemn, splintered meditation on lost love: a movie about personal space, in space."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"A thought provoking, fascinating and heart breaking glimpse into characters that must come to grips with their past."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"While Mr. Soderbergh's direction is always compelling, the whole film does not always equal the sum of its parts."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Soderbergh's latest may well leave Stanislaw Lem grumbling. My bet is virtually everyone else will be blown away."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
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