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Steven Soderbergh

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About the Movie

Superstar George Clooney turns in a stellar performance in this thrilling sci-fi movie from Academy Award winners Steven Soderbergh and James Cameron. Aboard a lonely space station orbiting a mysterious planet, terrified crew members are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including eerie visitors who seem all too human. And when psychologist Chris Kelvin (Clooney) arrives to investigate, he confronts a power beyond imagining that could hold the key to mankind's deepest dreams... or darkest nightmares.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 204
  • Fresh: 134
  • Rotten: 70
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Soderbergh does a fine job creating a moody atmosphere of pervasive anxiety. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Nov 28, 2002

Rotten: Comes across as less than a spontaneous work of the heart and more like a grim-faced stab at artistic importance. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 2, 2002

Fresh: I prefer Soderbergh's concentration on his two lovers over Tarkovsky's mostly male, mostly patriarchal debating societies. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: If you give it half a chance, it will bore into your subconscious, mess with your mind and leave you mumbling, 'Hmm, what if --' – Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Very Underrated

Many people panned this when it came out. It's extremely challenging for some people because of what it doesn't spell out, but what it doesn't spell out is the point of it. This is not an action movie, and it's not a blow-stuff-up space cowboy movie. It's a romance, but not in a hallmark card way, more of a quantum physics way. :) The atmosphere of this is open, floating...very similar to 2001. It is not as difficult as 2001 to grasp. Even so, this is a drama with tragic romantic elements that is staged in a sci-fi theater. It's about what it means to be who you are, and what it means to love others. This is gorgeous, hypnotic film.


The mark of a great movie is often a loyal underground following... shadowed by poor reviews by the masses. Thats what we have here. Amazing imagery and music accompanied by true emotion. Clooney's agent cringed. Soderbergh is surely still smiling.

*warning* this film asks you to think

Just like the original Solaris, this film asks you to sit back, watch it unfold and think about what you have just watched. I know it is an unpopular trend in films today to make you do that but if you feel like you are up for a challenge then you should give this a rent.

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  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2002

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