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: August 1, 1979
DVD 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.

Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

The film has a hypnotic pull, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into its enigmatic adventure by crafting a world all its own.

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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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Eric Melin

Aa lengthy, talky quest for meaning, punctuated by long takes and huge moments of silence. Ultimately though, it's a rewarding one for sure, especially once you fall under the spell of its hypnotic filmmaking.

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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.

Charles Mudede
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Stalker is in truth about the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union-and therefore, the end of the 20th century and the socialist experiment.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

Stalker traces a mysterious, metaphysical odyssey undertaken by three strangers uncertain of their own desires' boundaries.

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Witney Seibold

A bleak sleepwalk into the heart of darkness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% 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
Adriel Lim
Dazed, shaken and poignantly moved. Mesmerizing, not by the magnetic scenery itself, but by own thought.
Carlos MagalhŃes
It may be a tough sit-through to some as it is not as emotionally engaging as Tarkovsky's magnificent Solaris, but it is hard not to be mesmerized by this… 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
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