DVD - 2002 | Russian
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Ground control has been receiving strange transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to investigate, he experiences the strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his own consciousness.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 12, 2019

This movie was a very big deal when first released in 1972.

I'm trying to figure out why. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes where it won Grand Prix Special. Big, big deal.

Now, given its time or release, a three-hour space movie --pardon me, Science Fiction feature--was different. And the budget was certainly bigger than most other Sci-Fi movies at the time. It was also somewhat different in that there were no ugly monsters menacing the crew of the space station. The threat was psychological, you see.

Almost everything most people think of when they read or hear "science fiction movie" came AFTER this movie. Name a big science fiction movie. Chances are good, the movie you remember came AFTER this one. Was this a "pioneering" movie, then?


There were a handful of decent-to-good "pioneering" Science fiction features midst all the crap in the 15 years BEFORE this movie. particular movie that was so much better, in so many ways, than this one. Did Russian writer/director Andrei Tarkofsky see it before making his own epic? Maybe. He should have. But you'd never know it, to look at this. I'm referring to 2001 A Space Odyssey, made four years earlier.

This one? Plodding and pedantic. Emotionally unengaging. And visually? sets and effect that are painfully, embarrassingly amateur. There is NO comparison with Stanley Kubrick's most famous movie.
And yet, critics revere this one. One calls it a "masterpiece."

Not then. Not now.

Mar 17, 2019

This movie is considered to be among top 5 Sci-Fi movies of all time! Done in 1972 and 166 minutes long, it's not your typical Sci-Fi genre and requires from an average viewer a patience and focus to understand the plot. So, if you are up for a challenge, take a leap of faith and see it.

Nov 29, 2018

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.

Oct 12, 2018

IMO - 1972's "Solaris" is nothing but a piece of cinematic junkfood.

Its SyFy story moved along at such a grueling snail's pace that I found it very difficult to stay awake while watching it.

Featuring almost no interesting visual effects at all - "Solaris" was, pretty much, just a dreary soap opera set in the future in outer space.

I cannot understand how anyone, in their right mind, could heap praise on this bleak and dismal picture.

May 12, 2018

Russian art (music, literature and film) is much like the country - long, boring and not much there. This movie is no exception. I began watching Friday night and it was not over until the following Tuesday. Long, pointless scenes abound (driving thru the city, staring at a painting) and are interspersed with black & white (which, I can only assume, are there because of a lack of color film stock in early 1970s Soviet Union). I was especially dissappointed because of the IMDB rating of 8.1. Just because Russia only releases 5 movies per century does not mean they are "special", it means they are bad at making movies.

Apr 10, 2018

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 based on Stanisław Lem's novel of the same name published in 1961, this Soviet SF film depicts a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the fictional planet Solaris.
The original science fiction focuses on the ultimate inadequacy of communication between humans and other species.
Tarkovsky's adaptation, however, explores the grief and consciences of the cosmonaut scientists studying Solaris' mysterious ocean.
The director seems to show a new emotional and intellectual depth to the old science fiction.

Mar 13, 2018

Here's a relevant and true-to-life story that completely validates and justifies my low opinion of 1972's "Solaris".

Of course - As we all know - "Solaris" (the film) was adapted to the screen by director, Andre Tarkovsky from Sci-Fi writer, Stanislaw Lem's 1961 novel of the same name.

So - As the story goes - After a 6-month collaboration - Lem and Tarkovsky's work together ended in a nasty and bitter conflict over unwarranted changes and additions that Tarkovsky was making to the original story.

When interviewed about the split - Lem angrily claimed that Tarkovsky had turned his novel into a flimsy and shallow outer space soap opera.

"He was moving in the opposite direction from my book!" Lem stated.... In other words - Tarkovsky's film ruined the whole essence and philosophical flow of Lem's book.

And, after seeing this grossly over-rated disappointment for myself - I couldn't agree more with Lem in his utter outrage towards Tarkovsky and his precious, little picture.

Jan 18, 2018

This was a great film - much better than the George Clooney remake. Very well acted with a great story.

Nov 16, 2017

One of the Masterpieces of film >> sculpted in time by Tarkovsky. Is love eternal or a fleeting illusion ?? I love this film ~ 420

Apr 30, 2017

Monumental !!!!

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at CPL

To Top