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Based on 38 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Clooney brings raw intensity to his role; his scenes with McElhone are rooted in a fierce romantic yearning. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A ponderous and dreadful film. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Soderbergh does a fine job creating a moody atmosphere of pervasive anxiety. The ending can be interpreted a few different ways and should ignite debate about its meaning. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Unexpectedly thoughtful, as well as touching. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    For those who have seen Tarkovsky's moody original, let me say that Soderbergh skims the fat from the 1972 film. What's left is a rich stew of longing. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A darkly brilliant sci-fi movie about emotions so deep, the story could be taking place within the chambers of the heart instead of an arid space station. At the same time, it is a coldly theoretical piece that could leave viewers unengaged. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Soderbergh version is like the same story freed from the weight of Tarkovsky's solemnity. And it evokes one of the rarest of movie emotions, ironic regret. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Solaris, an exploration of outer space and inner anguish, reminds us that science fiction can embrace adult ideas and human drama as well as technology and futuristic action. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The film's real appeal won't be to Clooney fans or adventure buffs, but to moviegoers who enjoy thinking about compelling questions with no easy answers. show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    So beautifully made (everything in it is understated except the gorgeous good looks of its stars) and turns out to have such real cumulative power that it is worth holding out to the end. show more

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