New The Martian Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

New The Martian Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

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20th Century FOX released their new Sci-Fi/adventure movie, “The Martian,” into theaters this weekend, and all the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews for it. It turns out that it resonated quite well with them, getting an overall 81 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at the site.

The film stars: Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon. We’ve posted comments from a couple of the critics,below.

Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a really great 100 score, stating: “What’s so fascinating about the film is that it truly turns on the solving of problems, and its chief solver, stuck on Mars, manages to be so funny, interesting and infallibly likable that you’re invested in his predicament at every moment.”

Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 91 score. He stated: “Scott’s sci-fi adventure is the kind of film you leave the theater itching to tell your friends to see. Like Apollo 13 and Gravity, it turns science and problem solving into an edge-of-your-seat experience.”

Kenneth Turan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 90 score, saying: “The Martian is a film that respects the geekiest among us, and that pays off all around.”

Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it a nice 90 score, stating: “Perhaps most importantly, not only does the film stress the importance of using math and physics and botany and chemistry to solve problems, but it also makes a plot based on scientific inquiry and audacity just as exciting and even more unpredictable as the movies’ usual brand of problem-solving, the kind that involves punching everyone and then blowing everything up.”

Peter Debruge over at Variety, gave it a 90 grade. He said: “An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story.”

Peter Travers at Rolling Stone, gave it an 88 score, saying: “This suspenseful survival tale, smartass to its core, slaps a smile on your face that you’ll wear all the way home.”

Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it an 88 score. He stated: “The supporting cast is an embarrassment of riches for Scott, and Chastain is particularly strong as the concerned commander of the mission. Yet this is most definitely Damon’s movie and a throwback to the unabashed idealism of Hollywood past.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it an 88 as well,stating: “It’s one of the most comforting science fiction films in years.”

Lou Lumernick from the New York Post, gave it an 88 score. He said: “The Martian is a straightforward and thrilling survival-and-rescue adventure, without the metaphysical and emotional trappings of, say, “Interstellar.’’ It’s pure fun.”

Ty Burr at the Boston Globe, gave it an 88 grade. He stated: “The Martian really, truly works — not as art, necessarily, but as the sort of epic, intelligent entertainment the mainstream film industry has supposedly forgotten how to craft. All that, and the movie’s a valentine to creative collaboration as well as an example of it. It’s enough to make you almost grateful.”

Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post, gave it an 88 grade, saying: “What’s being marketed as a sober, straightforward sci-fi drama (the words “Bring him home” superimposed on an unsmiling Matt Damon inside a space helmet) is instead a smart, exhilarating, often disarmingly funny return to classic adventures of yore.”

Matt Zoller Seitz over at, gave it an 88 score, stating: “The most fascinating thing about the film is how it leans into predictability rather than make a show of fighting it.”

Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 grade, stating: “Damon is terrific. The movie lives and breathes on his performance, and he comes through in every scene.”

Manohla Dargis from the The New York Times, gave it an 80 grade, saying: “Mr. Damon’s Everyman quality (he’s our Jimmy Stewart) helps scale the story down, but what makes this epic personal is Mr. Scott’s filmmaking, in which every soaring aerial shot of the red planet is answered by the intimate landscape of a face.”

Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it an 80 grade, stating: “The director and screenwriter downplay the conventional melodrama inherent in the situation in favor of emphasizing how practical problems should be addressed with rational responses rather than hysteria, knee-jerk patriotism or selfish expedience.”

Finally, Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a less than stellar 50 score, claiming: “The new Ridley Scott movie is fascinating and charming and crammed and overstuffed, and it’s a curious case, too. It gets all the seemingly hard things wonderfully right, but then caves in at points that should have been easy.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.

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