The Martian Reviews

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October 11, 2017
The Martian is its own worst enemy: the good stuff at the beginning makes the run-of-the-mill stuff seem worse than it is.
December 8, 2015
Damon has never seemed more at home than he does here, millions of miles adrift. Would any other actor have shouldered the weight of the role with such diligent grace?
December 8, 2015
It's pretty sunny and often funny, a space oddity for a director not known for pictures with a sense of humor.
November 5, 2015
Bringing optimism, nerd-itude and a touch of crazy to his character's solo ordeal -- at one point, scraggly Watney calls himself a "space pirate" -- Damon is the key to the movie's exuberance.
October 4, 2015
The film is a profound testament to the rare-and underrated-virtue of simply not screwing anything up.
October 2, 2015
The Martian plays to both Scott's strengths and weaknesses. By relegating Mark's predicament to a purely survivalist scenario, he keeps things humming along without ever widening the horizon. But there was an obligation to widen the horizon.
October 2, 2015
It's a brisk, funny piece of competence-porn sci-fi.
October 2, 2015
Cynical as I am about how monster-budget blockbusters have come to dominate the studio mind-set, I can't imagine anyone not liking this one.
October 2, 2015
This is science fiction for sophisticated audiences and, as such, a fulfilling and satisfying experience.
October 2, 2015
Hell, I'm scared of simply sleeping outdoors and I walked out of the movie with just the tiniest daydream of strapping myself into a rocket and shooting for the stars (ideally with Matt Damon as my co-pilot).
October 2, 2015
Turns out getting stranded on Mars can lead to a whole lot of fun.
October 1, 2015
A muscular storytelling masterclass, a giddy audience-pleasing thrill-ride and certainly the most purely entertaining sci-fi movie since 2013's awards-magnet Gravity.
October 1, 2015
A tremendously exciting popcorn spectacle, and also a portrait of extraplanetary survival convincing enough that it had my tech-obsessed 11-year-old companion on his feet cheering on several occasions.
October 1, 2015
What's so stirring about the film is that, before and after everything else, it truly is about being human.
October 1, 2015
The Martian is stirring and powerful, boasting a commanding performance from Damon.
October 1, 2015
Ridley Scott's nuts-and-bolts answer to the existential drama of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity works best when it keeps its camera on Damon...as he takes care of business and deals with various disasters.
October 1, 2015
Like Alfonso Cuaron's wonderful close-space thriller Gravity, Scott's The Martian is all the more interesting because it is linked with possibilities and even probabilities.
October 1, 2015
3-D conveys the frightening depth of space, but the suspense machinery crowds out all but the most banal philosophizing.
Top Critic
October 1, 2015
Even adjusting for flattery, it's an easy film to love - one so suspenseful and funny and just richly, consistently good you might get mad at it falling a few astronomical units short of great.
October 1, 2015
Damon is terrific. The movie lives and breathes on his performance, and he comes through in every scene.
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