Solyaris 1972

Critics score:
96 / 100

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Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: A visionary science-fiction film that takes us on a profound voyage into both outer and inner space. Read more

Richard Eder, New York Times: This complex and sometimes very beautiful film is about humanity but hardly at all about politics. Read more

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. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: A dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects that bear comparison to those of 2001. Read more

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 ... Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: There was so much to think about afterward, and so much that remained in my memory. Read more

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. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: It's a smart response to the superficial excesses of the sci-fi genre. Read more

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

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: The most pop film the great Russian filmmaker ever made. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: The third feature in Tarkovsky's brief, shining career will deliver you from the mundane to the sublime. Read more