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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Intense battle scenes and a strong story of friendship.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
Nick Rogers

Peter Weir makes the Surprise a world to explore, not a splashy CGI simulation. Like a human body, the boat stays afloat through complex processes. A knockout mix of organic elegance, reflective drama and aggressive action on par with Sir David Lean.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2010
Cole Smithey

an expansive cinematic achievement that sits well against such adventure classics as Lawrence of Arabia, and is a sure bet for fans of ocean bound drama.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

May 12, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A stupendous production, Master and Commander satisfies as richly as a book might, immersing us in a world of its people and its places.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

It's an undeniably square, throwback movie, but there's no major crime in making 'em like they used to, and doing it this elegantly.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

March 11, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

A stunning technical achievement.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Angie Ward
Christianity Today

Through its emphasis on characters and not merely action, Master does not let us forget that all individuals are souls with flesh and blood, not merely empty casualties of war.

| Original Score: 4/4

September 26, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

An enjoyable nautical adventure that gives us hope that Peter Weir can still make impressive movies.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Thanks in no small measure to Perfect Storm designer William Sandell, this handsomely mounted actioner exudes the authentic tang of salt, sweat and gunpowder.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat

The best boy's adventure of the year.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Jason Zingale

Although the movie runs into some problems during its bloated second act, the ending is rewarding enough to make it all worthwhile.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A quite sturdy and enjoyably romp through the ferocious Pacific high seas.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

May 4, 2005
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine

Oak solid and unsinkable, Master And Commander is old-fashioned entertainment crafted with considerable care.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 6, 2005
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

One keeps waiting for Russell Crowe to slip up and star in a bad movie and so far he's gladly been able to disappoint us -- well the good news with Master is that he's done it again.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2005
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

If nothing else, Master and Commander proves that Russell Crowe is a true blue movie star.

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 5/5

March 5, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Weir, one of the few directors who is both an artist and a threat to the box office, triumphantly returns...

| Original Score: A

January 15, 2005
Louis Proyect

An exciting but reactionary film

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November 17, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

A vastly entertaining and noble motion picture. Spending two hours and 20 minutes with Aubrey and crew is high honor.

Full Review | Original Score: A

October 15, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

An exuberant adaptation of the highly successful Aubrey/Maturin series.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2004
James Plath

Master and Commander offers the most meticulously researched and realistic depiction of life at sea ever shown on film.

| Original Score: 9/10

August 13, 2004
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