Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Reviews

Page 1 of 11
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010

Intense battle scenes and a strong story of friendship.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 19, 2010

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 12, 2009

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 | Original Score: A-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

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

Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 11, 2008

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 | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

A stunning technical achievement.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angie Ward
Christianity Today
September 26, 2006

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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 8, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Thanks in no small measure to Perfect Storm designer William Sandell, this handsomely mounted actioner exudes the authentic tang of salt, sweat and gunpowder.

Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
December 6, 2005

The best boy's adventure of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: B
Colin Kennedy
Empire Magazine
April 6, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005

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

| Original Score: A
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 17, 2004

An exciting but reactionary film

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004

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
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Reel.com
August 13, 2004

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

| Original Score: 9/10
Page 1 of 11