Critics Consensus

The Martian is Certified Fresh

Plus, Sicario, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and The Grinder are all Certified Fresh.

by | October 1, 2015 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a stranded spaceman (The Martian, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain) and a disconcerted FBI agent (Sicario, starring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro). What do the critics have to say?


The Martian (2015) 91%

Ridley Scott made his name with Alien and Blade Runner, two of sci-fi cinema’s most cultishly adored — and endlessly pondered — classics. Critics say The Martian finds Scott examining more hopeful territory, and the result is an awe-inspiring adventure that explores vast ideas while staying grounded in very human emotional territory. While investigating the surface of Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is caught up in a violent storm and presumed dead by his departing crewmates. Utilizing whatever he has on hand, Mark must attempt to survive until NASA can figure out a way to bring him home. The pundits say the Certified Fresh The Martian is visually stunning, scientifically credible, and immensely likable, thanks in large part to Damon’s funny, touching performance.


Sicario (2015) 92%

As the old showbiz saying goes, if you want to send a message, call Western Union. Critics say Sicario takes a different tack; it’s a white-knuckle action picture with outstanding performances that doubles as a blistering critique of the war on drugs. Emily Blunt stars as a tough, no-nonsense FBI agent who joins a Federal task force charged with taking on the drug cartels. Our heroine soon discovers that the team leader and his mysterious partner may have a hidden agenda. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Sicario is breathlessly tense and terrifically acted by Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro, and it offers further proof that Denis Villeneuve is one of contemporary cinema’s most distinctive directors.

 


 What’s Hot on TV

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Season 1 (2015) 78%

Trevor Noah‘s confidence and likability augurs well for The Daily Show, even if his edgier jokes are hit-or-miss.


The Grinder: Season 1 (2015) 93%

The Grinder‘s humor is buoyed by Rob Lowe and Fred Savage‘s chemistry as a hilarious new odd couple.


Grandfathered: Season 1 (2015) 71%

John Stamos is as handsome and charming as ever, but Grandfathered‘s jokes are tired and schmaltzy.


Scream Queens: Season 1 (2015) 68%

Too tasteless for mainstream viewers and too silly for horror enthusiasts, Scream Queens fails to satisfy.


Dr. Ken: Season 1 (2015) 7%

Somebody please get Dr. Ken a doctor; seeking any signs of life. Or humor.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • The Creeping Garden (2015) , a documentary about slime mold and its devotees, is at 100 percent.
  • Sherpa (2015) , a documentary about the tragic deaths of a number of local guides over the course of a single climbing season, is at 100 percent.
  • Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) , in which the renegade Iranian director films conversations with his compatriots while posing as a cabbie in Tehran, is at 92 percent.
  • Robert Zemeckis‘  The Walk (2015) , starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley in a fictional account of Philippe Petit’s illegal tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in 1974, is at 88 percent.
  • Northern Soul (2015) , a drama set within the R&B crazed music scene of 1970s England, is at 79 percent.
  • Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) , a drama about an attorney whose investigation into the crimes of a former concentration camp guard are met with public indifference, is at 79 percent.
  • He Named Me Malala (2015) ,a documentary about education activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, is at 72 percent.
  • This Changes Everything (2015) , a globe-trotting documentary that examines the varied effects of climate change, is at 63 percent.
  • Partisan (2015) , starring Vincent Cassel in a thriller about a child who rebels against the charismatic commune leader who taught him to be a killer, is at 62 percent.
  • Freeheld (2015) , starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in a drama about a woman who is stymied by community officials from receiving the government pension bequeathed to her by her long-term partner, is at 54 percent.
  • Narcopolis (2015) , a sci-fi noir about a drug cop who stumbles across both a vast corporate conspiracy and a purported time traveler, is at 33 percent.
  • Addicted To Fresno (2015) , starring Judy Greer and Aubrey Plaza in a comedy about two sisters working as hotel maids who cover up an accidental crime, is at 25 percent.
  • Shanghai (2015) , starring John Cusack and Chow Yun-Fat in a period spy drama about an American who stumbles upon a conspiracy in Japanese-occupied China, is at 6 percent.

Tag Cloud

Pride Month independent CW Seed BET canceled TV shows slashers thriller sitcom crossover TV The Arrangement halloween HBO Max SDCC unscripted cancelled TV shows Film Festival Election zombie National Geographic ITV Calendar Netflix Comic Book movies Hulu Columbia Pictures adventure Masterpiece TCA IFC witnail NYCC Comedy Apple TV Plus television Nat Geo historical drama political drama diversity dogs spinoff TV renewals Starz TIFF First Reviews MSNBC Music cancelled anthology anime robots aliens Hallmark TCA 2017 Character Guide Sundance TV Comedy Central doctor who YouTube Premium Superheroe Country FXX mockumentary Netflix Christmas movies social media Fall TV Comics on TV ABC Family spy thriller A&E miniseries Dark Horse Comics TLC Superheroes justice league cooking hispanic 007 Tumblr Disney stand-up comedy TruTV blockbuster Paramount Network Film versus Ellie Kemper transformers documentary Stephen King YouTube LGBTQ Musical Pixar Disney Channel Cartoon Network romantic comedy harry potter OWN Horror Spectrum Originals docudrama Winners game of thrones Women's History Month quibi comic Awards Tour Premiere Dates natural history Britbox supernatural Baby Yoda Amazon latino OneApp Chernobyl NBC cinemax Heroines President Reality Competition Reality Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt foreign talk show BBC DGA Classic Film WGN 2019 E! E3 Amazon Studios crime thriller Mary Poppins Returns vampires Warner Bros. Travel Channel universal monsters Set visit Awards FOX Anna Paquin toy story FX on Hulu CNN cancelled TV series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 20th Century Fox award winner facebook Syfy Amazon Prime Tarantino IFC Films Esquire composers dramedy CMT Hallmark Christmas movies disaster 71st Emmy Awards Watching Series Discovery Channel Disney streaming service Rocketman Interview Peacock Showtime PaleyFest Lifetime Christmas movies DC Universe politics Mary poppins 2017 FX free movies theme song romance Pet Sematary GoT American Society of Cinematographers renewed TV shows Martial Arts cults VH1 USA Network Elton John name the review cops Drama adaptation rotten movies we love RT History Disney+ Disney Plus DirecTV crime drama X-Men 24 frames Rock PBS Cannes Marvel Studios Pop 45 21st Century Fox police drama Kids & Family Sony Pictures Lucasfilm Writers Guild of America TV Land See It Skip It Food Network Turner The Witch biography Teen based on movie sports Schedule strong female leads Biopics Infographic Marathons Binge Guide comiccon Funimation Lifetime tv talk Certified Fresh First Look Polls and Games mutant reboot Captain marvel teaser Star Wars Crackle spider-man Acorn TV DC Comics Black Mirror TCM movie Rom-Com Sundance Now Ghostbusters MTV dceu The Walking Dead Christmas Black History Month Cosplay finale Sci-Fi New York Comic Con USA Epix Mudbound ghosts Fantasy cars 2015 Nickelodeon directors Amazon Prime Video Opinion TBS period drama Trivia A24 dragons Sneak Peek Nominations Year in Review Photos SXSW Animation RT21 Shudder christmas movies SundanceTV crime Avengers Brie Larson Apple psychological thriller Song of Ice and Fire Adult Swim serial killer Countdown Paramount DC streaming service TNT LGBT Family streaming psycho animated CBS All Access Turner Classic Movies Fox News Disney Plus Marvel Television San Diego Comic-Con Spike Toys medical drama reviews Video Games ABC Quiz Academy Awards Vudu GIFs canceled Pirates Holiday VICE travel MCU The Purge Trophy Talk The CW 2016 Apple TV+ spanish language Logo Television Academy Pop TV revenge breaking bad Oscars green book Universal Mary Tyler Moore Super Bowl Winter TV kids ratings franchise Freeform 2018 singing competition discovery APB BBC America sag awards Podcast Arrowverse Walt Disney Pictures Red Carpet CBS richard e. Grant Western dc Spring TV Crunchyroll game show science fiction Mystery Shondaland spain Thanksgiving Creative Arts Emmys El Rey casting ESPN golden globes screenings Extras war scary movies Bravo TCA Winter 2020 indie jamie lee curtis Grammys boxoffice History series Endgame elevated horror hist GLAAD Best and Worst festivals book Holidays Star Trek werewolf what to watch Trailer Ovation cats Emmy Nominations Marvel 2020 binge cartoon screen actors guild technology AMC zombies space blaxploitation HBO Tomatazos Action cancelled television Mindy Kaling WarnerMedia zero dark thirty Valentine's Day comics video children's TV south america true crime Rocky Sundance nature joker Summer YA Box Office Lionsgate sequel Emmys batman Tubi YouTube Red Musicals