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‘The Martian’ Review Roundup: Is Matt Damon Out Of This World Good?

Fri, October 2, 2015 12:24pm EDT by Avery Thompson 1 Comment

‘The Martian’ is now in theaters, and it’s one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year. But does Matt Damon on Mars live up to the hype? Find out what the critics are saying now!

Matt Damon, 44, is stranded on Mars in The Martian, and he struggles to survive on the Red Planet all on his own. The movie, based on Andy Weir’s 2012 novel, hit theaters on Oct. 2, and many believe it’s the movie of the year. Is The Martian one of the best space movies ever? The critics are weighing in!

Entertainment Weekly

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… Damon sells these confessional monologues about thermodynamics, hexadecimals, and even Donna Summer in a way few actors could. He’s equally at home peddling pathos and punchlines. And he single-handedly turns an epic survival tale into something intimate and human.

Chicago Sun-Times

Damon is terrific. The movie lives and breathes on his performance, and he comes through in every scene… Chastain is her usual brilliant self in a smallish role, Ejiofor is the guy we’re rooting for to get it done on Earth, and Sean Bean brings that Ned Stark/Boromir nobility to his performance… You look at the names in this cast and you’d be correct in assuming this is going to be one helluva fun movie to watch.

Rolling Stone

The Martian, with a you-are-there script by Drew Goddard, works you over without a hint of dystopian doom in all of its bracing 142 minutes. This suspenseful survival tale, smartass to its core, slaps a smile on your face that you’ll wear all the way home.


The film has the advantage of filling out the thin characters with charismatic A-list actors, and Damon gives a confident movie-star performance: He uses his great comic timing to crack wise while also managing to suggest he’s really frigging scared. The Martian opens with the catastrophe that strands him: storm comes, mission gets aborted, Mark gets slammed by debris and vanishes into the maelstrom, and his commander (Jessica Chastain) searches desperately until the last possible second before getting her team the hell off the planet. The effects are awesome.

HollywoodLifers, are you excited to see The Martian? If you’ve already seen it, what did you think? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson