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mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2015 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

More reviews

Variety is very positive:
http://variety.com/2015/film/festivals/toronto-film-review-matt-damon-in-the-martian-1201590528/

So is Esquire:
http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/reviews/a37885/the-martian-matt-damon/

Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/martian/review/820882

Scott does generate a degree of suspense in this climactic stretch, but the film’s overall tone is dominated by the characters’ collegial humor, mutual respect among professionals and smart people being tested by an unprecedented challenge. 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.

http://www.vulture.com/2015/09/why-the-martian-is-ridley-scotts-big-comeback.html

1. It’s got a genuinely great lead performance.
Truth be told, The Martian is a bit of a comeback for Matt Damon too. While he was delightful in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, it’s been a while since Damon led a notable big-screen hit, and as an astronaut marooned on Mars who must struggle to stay alive until NASA can reach him, Damon gives a full-blown movie-star performance. The most valuable tool in this astronaut’s arsenal is the sense of wry humor with which he greets every major setback, and Damon nails every joke. Despite being lost in space, he’s not panicking like Sandra Bullock in Gravity or losing his mind like … well, like Matt Damon in Interstellar: Instead, he’s jerry-rigging exciting new ways to stay alive, recording clever vlogs in his space station, and coming as close as anyone possibly could to making almost certain space death seem like a fun way to go. It’s a pleasure to hang out with him for two-plus hours, and The Martian is surely going to give Damon’s mid-career a major jolt.

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People article
http://www.people.com/article/matt-damon-jessica-chastain-kate-mara-the-martian

Photos and fun captions from the press conference
http://www.mtv.com/news/2268702/the-martian-tiff-premiere-pictures/

Summary of early twitter reviews:
http://www.slashfilm.com/the-martian-early-buzz/

Edited at 2015-09-11 11:54 pm (UTC)
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