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New The Martian movie got mostly positive reviews from top critics. 20th Century FOX released their new Sci-Fi/adventure flick, “The Martian,” into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that most of them really liked it with an overall 81 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at

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

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a perfect 100 score, saying: “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 at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 91 score. He said: “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 from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 90 grade, stating: “The Martian is a film that respects the geekiest among us, and that pays off all around.”

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a great 90 grade, saying: “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 from Variety, gave it a 90 score. He stated: “An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story.”

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

Brian Truitt at USA Today, gave it an 88 grade. He said: “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 at the Chicago Tribune, gave it an 88 too,saying: “It’s one of the most comforting science fiction films in years.”

Lou Lumernick over at the New York Post, gave it an 88 grade. He stated: “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 from the Boston Globe, gave it an 88 score. He said: “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 at the Washington Post, gave it an 88 score, stating: “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 from, gave it an 88 score, saying: “The most fascinating thing about the film is how it leans into predictability rather than make a show of fighting it.”

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

Manohla Dargis at the The New York Times, gave it an 80 score,stating: “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 at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it an 80 score, saying: “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.”

Lastly, Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a mediocre 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. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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