Silent Running
Silent Running (1972)

Bruce Dern stars as the caretaker of a greenhouse located on a group of space stations that are sent into orbit. The Earth has been stripped clean of foliage, and the greenhouse contains the last remaining greenery from the planet.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The production lacks much dramatic credibility and often teeters on the edge of the ludicrous.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Silent Running is no jerry-built science fiction film, but it's a little too simple-minded to be consistently entertaining.

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Steve Crum

Suffers from age, but Trumbull's vision still glows, as does terrific Bruce Dern in practically solo turn.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is enjoyable for its intimacy, seriousness, and intelligent character work, virtues not perpetuated by the subsequent new wave.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

... a movie out of the ordinary -- especially if you like science fiction.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (notable for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind), made his directorial debut with this eco-themed sci-fi classic

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A wonderful film.

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Among the most intelligent and entertaining sci-fi films of the 1970.

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Luke Y. Thompson

The movie has a great premise, but the execution doesn't live up to the potential.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A thought-provoking science fiction that may feel dated today even with its good visuals but raises interesting philosophical questions about solitude, the… More
Jens S.
While this Sci-Fi film from the stone ages before Trek and Wars has its heart at the right place, its message is a tad too simplistic and naive. You can't… More
Kevin M. Williams
Ma Earth can no longer grow food after we pollute the bejesus out of her and so we build a greenhouse in space to preserve the idea of growing food. "Ahhh,… More
Daniel Mumby
It's long been fashionable for film reviewers to slag off films for being sentimental. The problem is not so much the notion of sentimentality in and of… More
Alex roy
Silent Running is an entertaining and exhilarating Sci Fi classic with a great cast and a good story. The film is quite engaging, and the effects are well done… More
xGary Xx
An overpopulated and industrialised Earth has decided to shoot what's left of the planet's greenery into space (for reasons unexplained) but when the… More

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