Solaris (1976)

Based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem, Solaris centers on widowed psychologist Kris Kelvin (Donata Banionis), who is sent to a space station orbiting a water-dominated planet called Solaris to investigate the mysterious death of a doctor, as… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 6, 1976
DVD Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Solaris is a haunting, meditative film that uses sci-fi to raise complex questions about humanity and existence.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Tarkovsky's speculative visions enfold the mysteries of death and rebirth, the lost paradise of childhood, the power of art to define identity, the menace of science as destructive vanity ...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

More an exploration of inner than of outer space, Tarkovsky's eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker's boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals.

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Christopher Machell

Where 2001: A Space Odyssey's final act explored the limitless possibilities of human potential, the heart of Solaris' thesis is the crushing limitation of human psychological experience.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

The effects are scanty, the drama gloomy, the philosophy of the film thick as a cloud of ozone. The plot is not all that original either.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's a smart response to the superficial excesses of the sci-fi genre.

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John Bleasdale

Tarkovsky's reach for the stars was wholly in keeping with his striving curiosity and allowed him space to explore the nature of identity and love.

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Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme.

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Richard Eder
New York Times

This complex and sometimes very beautiful film is about humanity but hardly at all about politics.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Viewers with patience will find 'Solaris' mesmerizing, visual and emotional food for thought even if such thought is open to a rainbow of interpretations, or to none.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris is a masterwork of Science Fiction cinema that ranks up there with some of the finest in the genre. Solaris is a simple idea,… More
Devon Bott
Evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme recently hosted an enlightening PBS program called "Journey of the Universe". In it, Swimme postulates… More
Chris Weber
You really have to be in the right mood and frame of mind to watch this and get all the way through. That doesn't mean you need to be high, but that might… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Solaris poses the question, "does the capacity for logic and emotion conceive Humanity?" A source of mysterious energy, Solaris is a fictional ether… More
Adriel Lim
A laboriously long science-fiction film gives time for deep meditation about human existence and its perplexing themes. A bit tad too long, but it must be, in… More
Greg S
An astronaut on a satellite circling a mysterious planet that may be alive meets, and falls in love with, a hallucinated version of his dead wife. A… More