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Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, an allegorical science fiction film like his earlier Solaris, was adapted from the novel Picnic by the Roadside by brothers Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky. The film follows three men -- the Scientist (Nikolai Grinko), the Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and the Stalker (Alexander Kaidanovsky) -- as they travel through a mysterious and forbidden territory in the Russian wilderness called the "Zone." In the Zone, nothing is what it seems. Objects change places, the landscape shifts and rearranges itself. It seems as if an unknown… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tarkovsky realizes the allegorical tale with an overwhelming density of visual detail ..."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Stalker, a somber futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Seminal feature from Tarkovsky, the master of atmosphere and multi-functional allegory is truly affecting, as well as fodder for countless film studies curricula."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Visually unforgettable and possibly Tarkovsky's finest work."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The focus is solely on the internalized motives of these characters. Despite this, Stalker remains a lucidly visual film."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Not an easy film, but almost certainly a great one."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Directed by Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky with the same unearthly visual style, and the same mingled concern with technology and psychology, that he showed in his towering 'Solaris' a few years ago."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Powerful and haunting sci-fi parable imbued by Tarkovsky with a multi-layered visual resonance and, despite its stately pace, raw emotional impact."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
"A vast prose-poem on celluloid whose forms and ideas were to be borrowed by moviemakers like Lynch and Spielberg."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"I found the overall atmosphere, benign but potentially dangerous, far more stimulating and imaginative than a sci-fi story entirely spelled out for us."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Tarkovsky conjures images like you've never seen before; and as a journey to the heart of darkness, it's a good deal more persuasive than Coppola's."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Andrei Tarkovsky's epic inquiry into freedom and faith presents an arduous journey for the spectator, but conjures up its own mystical universe with majestic conviction."
‑ , Total Film
"There is no easy watching to be gained here, but nor is this a hard slog -- each scene is beautifully crafted, painting a vivid and fascinating picture of Tarkovsky's vision."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"[It] has enough hauntingly beautiful images and profound ideas to linger in one's mind."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A tangled knot of memories, fears, fantasies, nightmares, paradoxical impulses, and a yearning for something that's simultaneously beyond our reach and yet intrinsic to every one of us."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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