Solaris (re-release)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. An amazing celluloid poem by a filmmaker whom Ingmar Bergman called "the greatest." He very nearly was. He was also, perhaps, too pure a creator and reckless a citizen to survive unscathed.
  2. 100
    A dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects that bear comparison to those of "2001."
  3. Stands with the greatest science-fiction movies ever made.
  4. 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.
  5. 88
    Routinely called Tarkovsky's reply to Kubrick's "2001" -- But Kubrick's film is outward, charting man's next step in the universe, while Tarkovsky's is inward, asking about the nature and reality of the human personality.
  6. Slow, but ravishingly beautiful and charged with a real poignancy.
  7. 70
    The most pop film the great Russian filmmaker ever made.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. davez
    Jul 20, 2007
    10
    I was unemployed the 1st winter after graduating college and decided to watch foreign films to see the difference. The standard by which I I was unemployed the 1st winter after graduating college and decided to watch foreign films to see the difference. The standard by which I rate films is strongly influenced by masterpieces such as "Solaris." Do yourself a favor... don't watch the American remake of this film (it does this film no justice at all... would you watch a remake of star wars by any other director than Lucas?). See the original and let yourself open up to a movie that although slow, is paced for you to contemplate rather than merely watch. Would I watch it again? Only if showing it to someone who has been blinded by the myriad amounts of garbage that is mass produced by Hollywood for the insatiable appetite of American dvd junkies. (sorry, the movie is a little long like my explanation of it). Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2013
    10
    why ever would anyone give it a bad rating?
    this movie still stands along the "my fair lady", "The umbrellas of Cherbourg", the ideas are
    why ever would anyone give it a bad rating?
    this movie still stands along the "my fair lady", "The umbrellas of Cherbourg", the ideas are grand, Lem is a huge talent, to understand it is not easy, well, how was to write it?
    I watched this movie many many times, and yet I find something new every single time I watch it.
    Reading it is just as pleasurable as watching, we need more talents like Lem
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  3. Oct 18, 2015
    10
    There are emotional and philosophical "spoilers" here. If you have not seen the movie and want to experience it yourself, do not read pastThere are emotional and philosophical "spoilers" here. If you have not seen the movie and want to experience it yourself, do not read past this sentence.

    Recently, I re-watched Solaris, for the 4th time. Originally I was looking forward mainly to wonderful dreamy interludes, childhood memories, reminiscent photos, multi-layered video recordings, epic paintings ... accompanied by Bach's powerful organ prelude (639). And I was prepared to be stressed for the rest of the duration. But this time I found a more complete picture. Watching in solitude, with undivided attention, it seems that it took as much and as many times to truly appreciate this film in all of its facets. Even though it disturbed me several times, on a level very hard to locate, I was able to follow with little distraction.

    The movie is alienating from beginning to end. Referring to YoonC's fantastic user review: Solaris first recalls the world, and then takes us away from it - we get to see human society and human personality as something fascinating, but often mixed with disgust. We are thrown back to a distant scientific objectivity, perceiving human beings alien-like, while in fact helpless.

    This way, Tarkovsky fulfilled a very important theme of Stanislav Lem's, one of the dominant threads throughout the oeuvre of one of the most accomplished writers and critics who ever lived. Both masters should not have been too unhappy about this rendering of the novel: Although it emotionally strays off of the book's course, and even though it is not exactly masterful in creating dialog (too much info-dropping and often mediocre phrasing, *in the translation, that is!*) - its patience and rigidity, when received with care, do create lingering feelings and brooding thoughts that must be very close to Lem's own premises. When we look into the blackness behind the station's windows, we are in space. It is the wrong place to be.

    Driven by a desire to understand the living ocean of Solaris, trying to establish some kind of communication, the crew despairs over their failure. But in truth, the ocean shows what human communication, in the broadest possible meaning of the word, truly is: not a means primarily to gain knowledge or to organize society, to understand the universe or to remember the past; but a process that evokes - and fortifies - and varies - images of ourselves and our environments. These images are our self's pulse. To witness them being stripped of any rational meaning is devastating - at least, for compulsively rational minds.

    Tarkovsky goes his own way treating Kelvin's development. Upon looking inside him, we feel incredible suffering, self-torturing and self-betrayal, and we acknowledge the joy and pain of memory, but also a certain ... uselessness of those feelings. From this point on, I could proceed in different directions, but I leave you to it.

    Despite the horrible dialog, not-so-well handled goofy moments (the dwarf.....), and a slight structural imbalance, this is a life-defining movie for me.
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  4. Aug 27, 2010
    9
    A philosophical sci-film film of the likes of '2001,' but the ideas presented are a little more contained (as in they don't completelyA philosophical sci-film film of the likes of '2001,' but the ideas presented are a little more contained (as in they don't completely question the formation and meaning of life and the universe). There is no doubt that this is a truly gorgeous movie, and anyone who gives a hoot about cinematography will tell you that, but sometimes I feel like Tarkovsky is a little uncompromising in his visual artistry. There's literally a scene that follows a car driving on a stretch of highway for 8 minutes. There's the camera motif of zooming in on random objects for almost every scene in the second half of the movie. I could go on. I guess I just have to say that the only way to enjoy this movie is from a truly philosophical perspective, which is fine because at the end of all things, that's effectively what this movie leaves you thinking about, and as a person heading into a science career, it is especially pertinent to me. Expand
  5. Apr 29, 2011
    8
    Extremely slow and contemplative and completely mental. This movie is not for everybody. It definitely tried my patience, Im glad i made itExtremely slow and contemplative and completely mental. This movie is not for everybody. It definitely tried my patience, Im glad i made it through to the end. Utterly fantastic film. Expand
  6. Apr 16, 2012
    5
    I wish I could say I liked this film as much as others, but it was simply too slow, too contemplative, and too philosophical for my taste. ItI wish I could say I liked this film as much as others, but it was simply too slow, too contemplative, and too philosophical for my taste. It was even amateurish in parts. There is a scene towards the beginning of the film where it starts raining on a bright sunny day. You can see shadows behind the obvious bad water effect. There is a camera transfixed on a pond for several minutes, a freeway sequence that goes on for about 10 minutes (a bathroom break I guess), and the camera showing close ups of various parts of a painting. There is even one scene where a rocket ship takes off inside a small room, and he stays in the room when it takes off. In real life he would be fried to bits. Here the back of his uniform catches fire and he gets a few blisters. I do think the film set of the inside of the space station looks pretty good, and overall the acting is good, and there are a few good visuals, but it really needed some editing. I say this as someone who loves slow paced films, like the film this one is always compared to, the great "2001 - A Space Odyssey" by Kubrick. Expand

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