Roving Mars
Roving Mars (2006)

Is there life on Mars? That is one of the questions posed by this IMAX film, which details the journey of Spirit and Opportunity, two rovers exploring the red planet.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Roving Mars is a decent thrill ride even when it starts feeling like a commercial plug for NASA's failing space program.

Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe

Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Capably accomplishes its mission to Mars by blending solid science with sci-fi eye candy.

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Cole Smithey

The interaction of two amazing NASA roving robots, named "Spirit" and "Opportunity," with the mysterious terrain of Mars is authentically captured by writer/director George Butler on IMAX cameras.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

One of the most educational and entertaining large-format movies ever.

Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It's harder still not to root for anthropomorphized Spirit and Opportunity as time and again they perform like whirring, beeping little robots-that-could, far exceeding the expectations of the people who designed and built them.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...has been designed to appeal primarily to viewers with an inherent interest in all things outer space...

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Not having a way to capture images of the machines at work means that too much of Butler's film ... is disappointingly made up of computer simulations.

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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly

Only a series of pics featuring a set of strange little nodes that look like blueberries planted in a pile of red rocks carry any kind of translatable otherworldly kick.

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Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies

Originally made for IMAX screens, George Butler's Roving Mars is a visual marvel %u2013 even if it boils down to a piece of corporate propaganda.

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