Solaris (2002)

A therapist travels to a distant space station to treat a group of astronauts traumatized by mysterious entities -- and ends up having to deal with an entity of his own -- in this second film version of Stanislaw Lem's philosophical… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 27, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slow-moving, cerebral, and ambiguous, Solaris is not a movie for everyone, but it offers intriguing issues to ponder.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Scripted, shot, directed and edited by Soderbergh with his customary intelligence and assurance, this is perhaps the most ambiguous and cerebrally sophisticated Hollywood movie in nearly three decades.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A hushed, haunted tone poem about love and loss.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

Solaris is just boring. It's dull. God, is it dull! Dull! Dull! Dull! Dull! Dull!

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Fiasco of infuriating pretentiousness and numbing incoherence.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[Soderbergh] tends to place most of the psychological and philosophical material in italics rather than trust an audience's intelligence, and he creates an overall sense of brusqueness.

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Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine remains a fascinating work and its deep questioning of what makes us human when faced with simulacrums feels if anything more relevant today than when it was made.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I prefer Soderbergh's concentration on his two lovers over Tarkovsky's mostly male, mostly patriarchal debating societies.

David Edelstein

A solemn, splintered meditation on lost love: a movie about personal space, in space.

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Nick Rogers

Steven Soderbergh prunes Andrei Tartovsky?s 1972 film (based on Stanislaw Lem?s novel) to the clarity and concision of a great short story ? a forlorn, philosophical sci-fi romance treading the terrain of "Blade Runner?s" metaphysical melancholy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
This 2002 remake of Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris manages to be far less ambitious and goes straight to the point. I thought it was a good take on the classic… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Soderbergh deviates from the fascinating philosophical ideas proposed by Tarkovsky in his fantastic adaptation and focuses on the relationship dilemma, but the… More
Spencer Macklin
Incoherent, but looks good and is well acted
Chris Weber
In this elegantly low-key sci-fi drama, we get George Clooney as a therapist who travels to a space station to treat its troubled inhabitants who have… More
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Adriel Lim
It's a new take on Andrei Tarkovsky's classic, but it might just be too complicated, and at times, the original really stands out, with the latter… More