(2002)

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Metascore

Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Clooney brings raw intensity to his role; his scenes with McElhone are rooted in a fierce romantic yearning.
88
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.
80
Wall Street Journal
Unexpectedly thoughtful, as well as touching.
75
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.
75
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.
75
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.
75
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.
75
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.
75
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.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Soderbergh, in essence, has come up with a plodding and far less psychologically arresting version of ''Ghost.''
25
A ponderous and dreadful film.

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