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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 13, 2003
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

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+

November 14, 2003
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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 Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 1/4

April 22, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Seems fated to disappoint everyone except the slick magazines that put it on their covers.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 14, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 16, 2003
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor

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.

Full Review Source: Critic Doctor

November 15, 2003
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

A big beautiful bore.

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 2/5

November 9, 2003
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 15, 2003
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: C

November 15, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Escapist entertainment.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 20, 2003
Phil Hall
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1/5

November 7, 2003

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+

October 5, 2004
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

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

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 5/10

October 7, 2004
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

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

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 1/4

December 17, 2003
Martin Scribbs
Flak Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Flak Magazine

June 13, 2004
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

"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 Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: C-

November 20, 2003
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week

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

November 19, 2003
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 16, 2003
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

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

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

November 14, 2003
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