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Reviews: The Martian (2015)

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  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: The Martian non è il film per cui Scott verrà ricordato, ma certamente segna una via nuova al cinema spettacolare hollywoodiano, ne mitiga gli eccessi conservatori, con un tono kennediano, ottimista, nel quale il trionfo della volontà lascia spazio a quello della conoscenza e lo spirito di sopravvivenza sul pianeta ostile è il riflesso inevitabile di quello necessario anche sulla nostra vecchia Terra.
  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK.hr [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Prilicno jednostavna prica o preživljavanju s pitkim, pristupacnim scenarijem i odlicnim Mattom Damonom.
  • [New – 1/1/16] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aventura galáctica que sorprende por un tono abiertamente dinámico y divertido, ajeno a mayores disquisiciones metafísicas que confronten al hombre contra sí mismo en un entorno desolado y devastador. Un notable ejercicio mainstream.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The sprit of good old-fashioned problem solving is ultimately what carries ‘The Martian,’ past the questionable narrative stumbles, the peculiar techniques (not sure about those fast-forwards, Ridley), and the unfortunate ‘70s pop soundtrack that feels like someone trying to be clever, which is never a good look (I’ve been assured that this ill-advised, one-joke gimmick was present in the novel, but space montage sequences with a disco beat nevertheless feel like they’re ripping off ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’). It’s just a cracklingly good entertainment, a crowd-pleaser that’s compelling and emotional and even a little inspirational.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Matt Brown @ Twitch
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A science fiction gem that includes a tribute to the importance of little things like duct tape.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: “Cast Away meets Apollo 13”, The Martian facílmente es una de las mejores películas del 2015, y de mis favoritas hasta el momento. Además de ser un espectáculo lleno de excelentes actuaciones, hermosos visuales y una historia increíble, lo más que resalta es el mensaje optimista que el filme lleva en todo momento. ¡Sensacional! ¡Astronómicamente recomendada!
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info
    • Excerpt: Con humor y un tono ligero, Ridley Scott nos entrega una agradable aventura espacial salpicada de confianza en la ciencia.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Martian may be stitched together with recognizable bits, but they fit together into an entertainment that’s better than any of the sources it’s plundered.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: After the disappointment of Prometheus, does Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi movie break the gravitational pull of disappointment?
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: In stark contrast to that trend, and also to his recent work, Ridley Scott’s The Martian is a remarkably positive and upbeat ode to the versatility of duct tape (and science, the triumph of the human spirit, yadda yadda yadda). Coming three years after Prometheus, which was predicated on the idea of humanity meeting God and discovering that he hates us, and two years after the laughable nihilism of The Counselor, The Martian shows an unwavering belief in the ability of people to rise to the occasion, even when that occasion is a bleak one.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Compare the brainteasing pleasures of THE MARTIAN to the more visceral thrills of a movie like GRAVITY, both films about an astronaut trying to survive alone in space, and you might be surprised which one wins.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Martian is for folks who like their science-fiction stories to possess as much science as fiction.
  • John Gilpatrick @ JohnLikesMovies.com
    • Excerpt: Matt Damon gives the movie star performance of the year in Ridley Scott’s latest space adventure.
  • Panagiotis Pete Gkaris @ Movies Ltd.
  • Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt/everest-2015-1662663 [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: An exhilarating, enthralling sci-fi adventure…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The climax is a particularly brilliant display of technique and visual power, ratcheting up tension but also finding weird epiphanies of motion that extend the film’s theme of seeing the beauty and wonder even at the outermost fringes of survival.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Martian is an unabashed crowd pleaser. Astronaut Mark Watney plows ahead with a plucky abandon determined to make a go of the hand he has been dealt.
  • Courtney Howard @ ReelVixen.com
    • Excerpt: Though this adaptation of Andy Weir’s beloved novel is the best thing Scott has given cinephiles in quite some time, it still goes where others have gone before – only this time, with a perky, life-affirming attitude.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: An excellent complement to the novel, simplifying the science without dumbing it down yet retaining the suspense and urgency of its interplanetary stranding.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: I suffered through physics in high school, but gosh darn it if Ridley Scott and Matt Damon don’t make science a very good time at the movies.
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: Ridley Scott may not have a perfect batting average, but The Martian serves as a reminder that with the right script and the right cast, he is still more than capable of putting something special on the big screen.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Martian hits a powerful sweet spot: blending tense action, captivating science, and beautiful 3D cinematography into an emotional character story.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Brainy and intelligently researched with all the scientific minutiae sold with conviction without being inaccessible to mainstream audiences, the film still settles for being merely good rather than truly great.
  • Greg Klymkiw @ Electric Sheep
    • Excerpt: Buried beneath its layers of fat is a much snappier, pulpier movie wanting to burst forth like the parasitical penis-creature that exploded from within John Hurt’s chest in Alien.
  • Oktay Kozak @ The Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery
    • Excerpt: Sometimes I ask myself if modern Hollywood is capable of producing something along the lines of 2001. The Martian isn’t quite in the same league, but it’s a step in the right direction.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: If you enjoyed Andy Weir’s exceedingly detailed novel, you’ll certainly appreciate seeing it brought to the screen in all its geek glory. It’s like science porn.
  • Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student
    • Excerpt: Imperfect as it is, this might just be the spark that’s been missing from 21st century science fiction.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: Sometimes we need a good old-fashioned feel good tale that doesn’t talk down to us for smiles to unabashedly form at the movies. Ridley Scott‘s The Martian provides exactly that.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Is there life on Mars?
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: The exploratory nature of ‘The Martian’ is its own noteworthy mission. Scott arms his frothy planetary odyssey with a sense of thematic inquisitiveness and intelligence while meshing human consciousness and scientific forethought.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • João Pinto @ http://www.portal-cinema.com [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: To their great credit, in scenes like this and throughout the rest of the film, the filmmakers behind The Martian science the shit out of the film.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online, Pajiba
    • Excerpt: Beyond being breathtaking in its visuals, action, tension and performance, The Martian is exhilarating in its portrayal of humanity. It’s an exaltation of humanity and human endeavor that will make you want to stand up and cheer.
  • Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Damon gives a star performance. The great thing about this film is that it makes smart cool.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: There can’t be a greater story device then that of basic survival. One character battles against the elements as their life hangs by the slender thread solely dependent on their own ingenuity and wit. That’s the crux of Ridley Scott’s adaptation of The Martian, a bold and exhilarating red-blooded adventure about a man stranded on the Martian surface 143,000,000 miles from home who must use every resource he has to keep himself alive until somebody comes to pick him up. It’s bold, it’s fun, it’s smart, it’s ingenious, and it contains the only montage I’ve ever seen of a man scrapping a space capsule while ABBA’s “Waterloo” plays on the soundtrack.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: It aims to be a theme-park ride instead of a real narrative with any substance, but sometimes, as it proves, that’s not always a bad thing.
  • Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “The Martian” might be visually stunning for its realistic-seeming depiction of Mars’ rugged landscape, but its stock script calls for every cliché in the book to be carried out without exception.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Upbeat and dramatically subdued,…it’s characteristically handsome but uncharacteristically warm-hearted for a Scott film.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: It truly is adventure bold — a tale of guts that’s so well told!
  • Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist
    • Excerpt: The Martian is not only a stupendous blockbuster, but a hopeful testament to human ingenuity, endurance, and cooperation.
Updated: January 1, 2016 — 6:10 pm
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