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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. 100
    Solaris achieves an almost perfect balance of poetry and pulp. This is as elegant, moody, intelligent, sensuous, and sustained a studio movie as we are likely to see this season -- and in its intrinsic nuttiness, perhaps the least compromised.
  2. 90
    It's an entirely different animal from Tarkovsky's hypnotic but opaque take, and it's an entirely different animal from most studio product in general -- Soderbergh's Solaris is a gorgeous and deceptively minimalist cinematic tone poem.
  3. Unexpectedly thoughtful, as well as touching.
  4. 75
    Soderbergh, who hasn't ever attempted a film of this sort before, brings his gifts brilliantly to bear, with gorgeous shots of outer space, delicate, swift edits and a captivating score by his longtime collaborator Cliff Martinez -- But when the script becomes more about telling -- or, rather, arguing -- than showing, the film loosens its grip.
  5. Ends up more challenging and intriguing than personally involving, and while these are far from small things, it is only human to hope for more.
  6. Even by the art film standards it apes, Solaris lacks conviction. And although it's meant to be restrained and free of emotional hysteria, the result is a movie that pretty much lies dead on the screen for an hour and a half.
  7. A ponderous and dreadful film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 102
  2. Negative: 50 out of 102
  1. Feb 3, 2011
    10
    Mindblowing emotionally, and stunningly beautiful. This is a really slow movie but if you can just sit back and let the fantastic soundtrack,Mindblowing emotionally, and stunningly beautiful. This is a really slow movie but if you can just sit back and let the fantastic soundtrack, spectacular visuals and emotion twisting plot slowly wash over you, then this will become your new favourite movie. Expand
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    9
    A beautiful, romantic and thought-provoking film. A slow and introspective journey into the nature of lost love. Definitely not for theA beautiful, romantic and thought-provoking film. A slow and introspective journey into the nature of lost love. Definitely not for the unwashed masses (it's measured, complex and open ended - nothing gets blown up and there's not a single car race), but worthwhile if you love cinema and appreciate a good story. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2012
    9
    Solaris is one of the most original, unique and intriguing science fiction films ever made. Steven Soderbergh takes cues from 2001: A SpaceSolaris is one of the most original, unique and intriguing science fiction films ever made. Steven Soderbergh takes cues from 2001: A Space Odyssey and runs with them into the modern age. The film also sees a true powerhouse performance from George Clooney. Solaris has mystery, beauty and emotion sown into every frame. Phenomenal stuff! Expand
  4. Oct 11, 2013
    7
    It might not exactly be George Clooney's most riveting outer space adventure, with a whole lot of moral intrigue and a bevy of beautifulIt might not exactly be George Clooney's most riveting outer space adventure, with a whole lot of moral intrigue and a bevy of beautiful images from one of Hollywood's most aesthetic directors, "Solaris" is definitely worth the watch. Expand
  5. ErikW.
    Jun 7, 2006
    5
    This is the kind of movie that people with pretentions but without brains will love. Merely asking deep questions doesn't make a movie This is the kind of movie that people with pretentions but without brains will love. Merely asking deep questions doesn't make a movie smart. For that you need some answers, or at least some thought provoking angle. This movie has neither. The constant flashbacks and "what if" questions are extremely predictable and rarely lead anywhere. That said, it isn't the worst movie ever. The restrained acting is enjoyable and the camerawork and scenery sets a nice mood. In short, this isn't an intellectual masterpiece, but it's no disaster either. If you think everyone who doesn't like it just can't understand it, you're a cunt and pretty daft too. Collapse
  6. Jan 2, 2015
    3
    This film was very underwhelming. Trying to sell it as being better than the original by having A-listers doesn't make your film better. TheThis film was very underwhelming. Trying to sell it as being better than the original by having A-listers doesn't make your film better. The acting is fine, but not stand out, and the story plods along exceedingly slow and it's very boring. There is a noce atmosphere over the whole film of isolation, loneliness and higher presences being in control, bit it still does not save the film from being over all boring. The ending is nice though as it leaves enough ambiguity to make different conclusion to how YOU want to see it, and saves the film from being a 2 or 3 out of 10. You can give this a miss and watch the original instead. Some people may enjoy it more though because of it's ending though. Expand
  7. AveryO.
    Dec 4, 2002
    0
    Brainless?

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