Moria gives it one star and opens with this: "It’s hard to believe one could come up with much more of a miscalculated idea for an sf film than this." Roger Ebert closes with this:
As image follows image, "Solarbabies" begins to look like an anthology of recent box office hits, derivative, unimaginative and desperate. All I was left with, at the end, was sympathy for the actors and technicians who worked so hard and endured such physical hardship on behalf of producers who couldn't be bothered to supply them with something worth doing.
Million Monkey Theater has an extensive plot summary with screen shots. The New York Times calls it "an embarrassment." AMC has an overview.