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The Martian

Drama . Adventure . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Actors: Matt Damon , Jessica Chastain , Kristen Wiig , Jeff Daniels , Michael Peña , Sean Bean , Kate Mara , Sebastian Stan , Aksel Hennie , Chiwetel Ejiofor
Directors: Ridley Scott
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2015-09-30
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  • Joe Morgenstern

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It takes a genuine master craftsman to take something as complex and difficult as this and make it look easy, but it also takes an artist with a great ear to take something as dense with exposition as this is and make it practically sing.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Ridley Scott's The Martian is a brainy blockbuster, melding genuine science and fiction into a rare popcorn epic that actually makes you feel smarter for watching.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The Martian is shot, designed, computer-generated, and scripted on a level that makes most films of its ilk look slipshod. Scott and writer Drew Goddard aren’t trying to make an “important” sci-fi movie like Interstellar. They aim lower but blow past their marks.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    You can argue that the plot of The Martian doesn’t offer many surprises, but this is a movie of innumerable delightful moments and small discoveries, and even more of infectious enthusiasm. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    The Martian is a film that respects the geekiest among us, and that pays off all around.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    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.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This suspenseful survival tale, smartass to its core, slaps a smile on your face that you'll wear all the way home.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's one of the most comforting science fiction films in years.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The Martian is a straightforward and thrilling survival-and-rescue adventure, without the metaphysical and emotional trappings of, say, “Interstellar.’’ It’s pure fun.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The Martian is never less than engaging, and often much more than that.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Barry Hertz

    The Martian is nearly all things to all audiences: a ticking-clock drama, an intimate character study, a sci-fi comedy, a rollicking space adventure. It’s almost impossible to dislike, which is perhaps its only flaw. When a huge film reveals its eager-to-please intentions from the get-go, the stakes evaporate awfully quick.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is science fiction for sophisticated audiences and, as such, a fulfilling and satisfying experience.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The most fascinating thing about the film is how it leans into predictability rather than make a show of fighting it. Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Damon is terrific. The movie lives and breathes on his performance, and he comes through in every scene.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    At its heart, The Martian is an unapologetically stirring celebration of our ability, as a species, to solve even the most daunting problems via rational thought, step by step by step. It’s basically "Human Ingenuity: The Movie."

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Damon has never seemed more at home than he does here, millions of miles adrift.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    [An] enormously entertaining movie.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The animating humanism of Scott’s film is irreducible. It’s a wry tribute to the qualities that got our species into space in the first place: our resourcefulness, our curiosity and our outsized, ridiculous, beautiful brains.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Anchored by another great turn from Matt Damon, The Martian mixes smarts, laughs, weird character bits and tension on a huge canvas. The result is Scott’s most purely enjoyable film for ages.

    Empire Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    It’s not iconic sci-fi to match Alien or Blade Runner but it is a topical, supremely crafted, intelligent, heartfelt spectacle with gallows humour to die for. Strap yourself in.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    While there are a few loose ends in Drew Goddard’s screenplay, which is faithful to but necessarily less detailed than its source, the film is a triumph of storytelling, a tribute to the power of the crowd-pleaser.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Entertaining as the movie often is, this all-American, can-do attitude is also the source of its shortcomings. Given the enormousness of its subject, there is a radical lack of awe in this movie.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    What makes The Martian work is Damon.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    A gorgeous film that could inspire a whole new crop of astronauts.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Yes, The Martian does look like it was shot on Mars, even though the film’s tone is suspiciously light and cheerful for Scott, who tends to thrive on a chillier, more dour habitat.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    A lot of the information in The Martian will be incomprehensible to the lay audience and the climax is…well, not exactly original. But it makes for one hell of an entertaining ride.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The Martian celebrates both the indomitable human spirit and the belief that our species can, with patience and common sense, think its way out of almost any problem. If the film occasionally preaches, its message strikes home.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The coolest sequences in the film are its first third, with Watney’s communication cut off and NASA unaware he’s there.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    As commercial entertainment, The Martian delivers on expectations of a "smart" blockbuster even as it adheres to the formula of a relatively simple feel-good drama. Though "Interstellar" aimed for more ambition, The Martian plays it safer: It's a brainy studio effort that sticks to familiar ground in more ways than one.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    The Martian is the most purely enjoyable picture Scott has made in years. The streamlined narrative and the film’s consistent pacing, aided by a cast who don’t make a wrongfooted move, makes for easy popcorn entertainment.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    Visually spectacular and consistently entertaining, Ridley Scott’s space rescue procedural The Martian suffers only from a failure to hit its emotional beats with the amount of force and feeling usually required to make this kind of life-and-death adventure really take off.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The Martian is only partly a story about a man in peril; it's mostly a story about men (and a few women) taking control of the uncontrollable. It's confident, swaggering sci-fi, not the despairing kind. That may be why, as elaborate and expensive-looking as The Martian is, it's almost totally lacking in poetry.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    The Martian is ultimately a love letter to the spirit that saw humanity reach for the stars in the first place. When it's channelling that spirit via Damon and witty writing it lifts off, but then can't quite sustain its trajectory in orbit.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    It’s a film about micromanaging, fixing things on the fly, and a lot of Ridley’s gruff, technocrat personality shines through.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    A wide-eyed tribute to human ingenuity that packs enough snark to pull itself out of the black hole of earnestness, even if its fuel runs out partway through.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jaime N. Christley

    The film goes in for the idea of texture and tics and human behavior, but there's no conviction, and no real push for eccentricity.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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