Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
November 13, 2003

The seafaring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World has few 30-foot waves going for it, and very little else that would excite anyone but geeky 12-year-old boys who like to make sailing ships out of matchsticks.

Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
November 14, 2003

A handsomely staged snapshot of an era ... yet the film is so deliberately atmospheric that it tends to lose sight of its driving action.

| Original Score: C+
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 22, 2007

Too closely cropped to allow for the expansive feel of an oceanic epic, and fails to develop any meaningful relationships among its characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
Top Critic
November 14, 2003

Seems fated to disappoint everyone except the slick magazines that put it on their covers.

Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
November 16, 2003

...curiously dull and staid...spells trouble for an elaborate and adventurous film that desperately relies on its action-oriented swashbuckling tendencies

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
November 15, 2003

While the work and expense clearly shows in every frame, it winds up being in the service of a film not quite worthy of it.

Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
November 9, 2003

A big beautiful bore.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
November 7, 2003

It's unfortunately dull--the kiss of death for a movie that's supposed to swash and buckle.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003

The details and the epic scale are great, but the story isn't good enough to make it work.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 15, 2003

The mirthless atmosphere and laid-back narrative strip Crowe and his aquatic drama of any fun it could have had.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 20, 2003

Escapist entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 7, 2003

This film is so boring that I stopped paying attention 30 minutes into the story. If you want sedation via celluloid, this is where to go.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Louis-Jérôme Cloutier
Panorama
October 5, 2004

Master and Commander possède toutes les qualités qu'il est possible d'avoir dans les domaines techniques et artistiques (...) mais est terriblement ennuyant.

| Original Score: C+
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004

The film shows how wonderful it is to be a Hollywood Captain instead of a real captain.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
December 17, 2003

To say that I disliked this movie is an understatement. I loathed it.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Martin Scribbs
Flak Magazine
June 13, 2004

In 2003, what our psychic diet needed most wasn't blood and bombast. No, it needed films to reawaken our respect for life and love of peace.

Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
November 20, 2003

"Master and Commander" is stylishly made, well acted, but it commits the ultimate sin of being "blah." There's a whole lot of "Swash" but very little "Buckling."

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
November 19, 2003

As far as tall-tale watery epics go, this insomnia cure should have taken a few pages from the swashbuckling script of Pirates of the Caribbean

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 16, 2003

That, even in time of war, routine at sea is like this -- infrequent intense action, but mostly boring drudgery -- still does not make it cinematic entertainment.

Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com
November 14, 2003

The film's languid pacing quickly grows tedious, and the movie itself, unfortunately, becomes a bore.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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