Stalker (1979)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 15, 2002
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Consensus: Stalker is a complex, oblique parable that draws unforgettable images and philosophical musings from its sci-fi/thriller setting.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Tarkovsky realizes the allegorical tale with an overwhelming density of visual detail ...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Stalker, a somber futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable.

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Total Film

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Not an easy film, but almost certainly a great one.

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Gilbert Adair
Sight and Sound

With this film, Tarkovsky re-entrusts to the medium a responsibility which in the West is upheld, if at all, only by documentaries (and by a rare maverick work like Pasolini's Sal˛): that of testifying, of showing.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Seminal feature from Tarkovsky, the master of atmosphere and multi-functional allegory is truly affecting, as well as fodder for countless film studies curricula.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Sam Jordison

Powerful and haunting sci-fi parable imbued by Tarkovsky with a multi-layered visual resonance and, despite its stately pace, raw emotional impact.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
My least favorite Tarkovsky thus far. So talky, so ambivalent, so... dull. I really should afford this a second and third chance as I was stuck reading the… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
one of the most dreadfully boring fucking things i think ive seen this year. and it really doesn't help to know that this shit is two and a half hours… More
Alex roy
Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker is a brilliant film that I would rank among his very finest works. This is my third film I've seen of his, and aside from… More
Carlos MagalhŃes
A deeply metaphysical and philosophical allegory about human desire and the search for happiness, Tarkovsky's Stalker is beautiful and hypnotical, though… More
Adriel Lim
Dazed, shaken and poignantly moved. Mesmerizing, not by the magnetic scenery itself, but by own thought.
Greg S
A "Stalker" has the skill to lead the curious past armed guards and mystifiying traps into a mysterious area known as The Zone, inside which there is… More