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 (2014) , 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 (2014) , a drama set within the R&B crazed music scene of 1970s England, is at 79 percent.
  • Labyrinth of Lies (2014) , 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 (2014) , 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 (2010) , 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

marvel cinematic universe Action TBS australia Countdown war police drama cancelled TV shows Super Bowl historical drama Spring TV FXX Nickelodeon 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards FX on Hulu HBO rt archives DC Universe new star wars movies parents laika nature YouTube romantic comedy book renewed TV shows mission: impossible japanese space art house Family Rocky Biopics Winners game show justice league cats 99% Paramount Plus Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt streaming movies Turner Classic Movies Epix Disney royal family king arthur cartoon critic resources stop motion History Netflix Christmas movies marvel comics Extras Hallmark Christmas movies New York Comic Con independent screen actors guild teaser streaming TLC sag awards Stephen King OneApp south america breaking bad blockbuster canceled TV shows IFC dogs leaderboard LGBT Christmas women The Purge The CW Amazon Prime Acorn TV composers E! spy thriller Amazon TCM AMC Plus Apple TV Plus romance Freeform Heroines NBA comic books Rom-Com 2020 Winter TV animated Superheroe VICE Arrowverse singing competition discovery 72 Emmy Awards X-Men festival Star Wars gangster BBC Pet Sematary Valentine's Day christmas movies casting Fargo die hard The Walking Dead Women's History Month Apple See It Skip It spanish live event Cosplay BAFTA PlayStation A24 Tags: Comedy transformers Spectrum Originals 20th Century Fox Amazon Prime Video Television Critics Association Comics on TV docudrama ABC Signature cars heist movie live action The Witch TV renewals HFPA posters superman Comedy dexter olympics fresh comedies Thanksgiving obituary Paramount Network GoT telelvision Tubi nfl award winner toronto deadpool Fall TV chucky El Rey Comic Book IFC Films harry potter Emmy Nominations cinemax FOX Peacock Awards Tour mutant universal monsters Disney streaming service social media Horror Calendar Television Academy Nat Geo Pixar Image Comics Western Chilling Adventures of Sabrina documentary Adult Swim science fiction rt labs DGA scary Comic-Con@Home 2021 dceu Schedule monster movies Marathons Film batman Legendary kong black comedy suspense canceled comics Logo reviews Warner Bros. japan Sony Pictures Universal hist tv talk Comedy Central video on demand ABC stoner true crime Red Carpet Reality thriller asian-american WarnerMedia young adult revenge series Hollywood Foreign Press Association legend 2016 indiana jones witnail dramedy Best and Worst travel crossover cancelled TV series wonder woman rotten blaxploitation biography Fantasy Instagram Live Trailer Prime Video feel good psycho Captain marvel twilight movie sequel Certified Fresh Neflix DC streaming service dark dreamworks Ellie Kemper Discovery Channel 1990s trophy cults french directors children's TV Fox News Lucasfilm slasher pirates of the caribbean based on movie VOD superhero a nightmare on elm street Mary poppins Holiday Holidays Mary Poppins Returns Marvel Television classics 73rd Emmy Awards Exclusive Video Emmys Pop boxoffice NYCC Bravo joker stand-up comedy Pop TV 90s TCA 2017 nbcuniversal AMC mcc E3 foreign worst movies best 2018 21st Century Fox Sundance football MCU Endgame CBS Premiere Dates hispanic natural history Tomatazos SXSW Alien new zealand zombie kaiju biopic Avengers Sundance Now Mudbound Netflix Turner adventure archives golden globes ESPN Dark Horse Comics crime thriller GLAAD binge Trophy Talk Crunchyroll TruTV Interview festivals name the review Vudu mob 007 Lionsgate WGN Disney Channel comiccon Tumblr Ghostbusters Apple TV+ Esquire Syfy BET Awards child's play aliens HBO Go crime high school miniseries Country disaster halloween tv Quiz know your critic unscripted VH1 Toys Funimation international scene in color Columbia Pictures ID RT21 45 what to watch sports zero dark thirty rom-coms Music Photos versus hidden camera Food Network all-time aapi docuseries YouTube Premium period drama toy story ratings jurassic park Academy Awards Travel Channel OWN anime Rocketman Grammys PBS 24 frames sopranos razzies comic book movie American Society of Cinematographers finale Showtime halloween medical drama DC Comics ITV YouTube Red Britbox Anna Paquin jamie lee curtis robots dc Drama Wes Anderson Sneak Peek facebook Musical GIFs genre adaptation lord of the rings Fox Searchlight Binge Guide popular cooking San Diego Comic-Con Disney+ Disney Plus latino cancelled dragons boxing theme song Pride Month CW Seed Tokyo Olympics TCA Awards Walt Disney Pictures spain BBC America rotten movies we love Baby Yoda NBC saw king kong DirecTV free movies Nominations Box Office Pacific Islander godzilla game of thrones black HBO Max Musicals Election scary movies politics ViacomCBS emmy awards trailers Teen Chernobyl green book YA Mystery quibi Sundance TV ABC Family critics TCA Winter 2020 prank criterion Trivia LGBTQ debate Lifetime Christmas movies zombies The Academy Video Games Kids & Family MSNBC Year in Review MTV diversity spider-man venice Summer Black Mirror remakes Cannes scorecard mockumentary satire National Geographic adenture 2021 The Walt Disney Company action-comedy Lifetime Superheroes Universal Pictures 2017 Classic Film Writers Guild of America Infographic FX Hallmark Oscars Crackle sequels Set visit Mary Tyler Moore hispanic heritage month 79th Golden Globes Awards elevated horror new york CNN talk show A&E sitcom Brie Larson Masterpiece fast and furious Character Guide Animation news TV One TIFF Elton John SDCC technology cancelled television strong female leads Watching Series 4/20 APB Rock Polls and Games vs. Marvel Studios worst Black History Month psychological thriller screenings The Arrangement Amazon Studios Creative Arts Emmys Song of Ice and Fire IMDb TV President golden globe awards video serial killer hollywood USA Network TNT comic Martial Arts First Reviews Awards First Look spanish language book adaptation TV comic book movies Starz SundanceTV Marvel 93rd Oscars james bond slashers blockbusters Sci-Fi concert 2019 Mindy Kaling 2015 crime drama TV movies USA basketball BBC One werewolf Star Trek italian documentaries Reality Competition Film Festival supernatural movies TCA PaleyFest TV Land richard e. Grant Shudder franchise spinoff films Tarantino Cartoon Network Ovation indie target BET Podcast Hear Us Out reboot television CMT Broadway CBS All Access political drama spider-verse doctor who anthology rt labs critics edition RT History Pirates Opinion Paramount Disney Plus Hulu kids Shondaland vampires 71st Emmy Awards cops Spike ghosts