Undoubtedly one of the best movies I've seen. I love the poetic dialogues, the strong degree of staging. I've now seen 3 times and each time I felt overwhelmed by the enormous and expressive imagery. One of the most beautiful pieces of film I have put eye to. BUT .. Be prepared to do what you will see is an evocative work of art and not a traditional causality-driven plot with short scenes.
idealism's last stand in an eden strewn with the clutter of ungranted wishes. may be too overtly allegorical to be his best film, but it's among the medium's most meditative experiences, and the bulk of its fears and dreams and agonies are expressed through composition and actor posture alone.
The fourth-greatest science fiction film of all time, after 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Tarkovsky's SOLARIS, and SECONDS. Perhaps, in a certain frame of mind, I might think it is even better than that. To some degree an abstracted remake of Solaris. Many years since I watched this: another viewing required.
Saw it again 5 years after the first time, felt like a totally new film. This time the girls (Stalker's wife & daughter) seemed to hold the key. Looking forward to watching it in 5 more years and having my mind blown again.
A glorious compendium of faith. An incredibly dense masterpiece with a truly infinite wealth of possibilities. There is never an end to a film by Tarkovsky; they're so uniquely haunting and beautiful that you take them with you into real life. Damn if it isn't my favorite movie ever.
Really feels more like a moving piece of art than a traditional story. Eventually I started to feel like the characters would never reach the room, and if they did, it wouldn't be as "easy" an ending as it sounds on paper. The whole thing moves very slowly, and it gives you plenty of time to soak in all of the imagery, study the landscapes, and appreciate all the detail put into it, including some VERY long continuous shots.
This is my first Tarkovsky, and other than Bergman and Kieslowski, no other filmmaker has imbued a film with such genuine, sincere, and arresting observations on humanity and spirituality without ever once even bordering on pretension or heavyhandedness. The images and set-pieces jump off the screen, and yet have a beautiful simplicity about them. Stunning and unforgettable.
"A tangled knot of memories, fears, fantasies, nightmares, paradoxical impulses, and a yearning for something that's simultaneously beyond our reach and yet intrinsic to every one of us." - Nick Schager
Visually, one of my favorite movies. Tarkovsky has an ability to create his own worlds through film, solely with an ability with a camera and imagination, which are more fascinating than any special effects could create. A haunting experience that requires patience. Ambiguities which will call you to return, provided you can tackle the sometimes tedious pacing.
Sublime. Laboriously paced but never boring, it presents us with some fascinating philosophical questions but the main attraction is the absolutely mesmerizing atmosphere. Tarkovsky is a master of his craft and the film is a visual masterpiece -and, probably, a masterpiece period.