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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Reviews

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
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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It never achieves the visual elegance or majesty that a David Lean might have provided. The story line isn't the freshest. And yet the film is satisfying all the same.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

August 7, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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If this is the stuff that rings the bell on your macho meter, go with my blessing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 25, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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To put it plainly, two ships playing tag across the seas is no longer my idea of whoopee, especially at a time when grown-ups are popping up all over the screen with uncensored stories of the eternal affinities and all their variations.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 25, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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A gentleman's action movie.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 15, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A plain old good movie.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Considering how cinema-unfriendly O'Brian was - the author rarely went to the movies, and had to be persuaded to release the film rights -- Master & Commander manages to loosen the shackles of its dry pages.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Russell Crowe swaggers marvelously in the seafaring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 14, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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For the most part, this epic adventure steers a true course through storm and sacrifice, and arrives triumphant.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 4/4

November 14, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film contains brilliantly crafted scenes and shots that are as compelling as anything seen onscreen this year, but there are also dull stretches in which the movie seems lightweight -- never in its execution but in its conception.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 14, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A thrilling, sweeping, visually stunning Napoleonic War adventure set on the high seas.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

November 14, 2003
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's an adventure movie by an artist.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

November 14, 2003
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Even if you can't tell a mizzenmast from a gangplank, Master and Commander will take your breath away.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It's a ride few movies, if any, have ever been able to offer.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The special effects and battle scenes are extraordinary.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: A

November 14, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Beautifully directed and acted, sumptuously costumed and rigged, with no less a man than Russell Crowe filling out the Captain's britches, this is mythmaking all dressed up and demanding a snappy salute -- heck, it's a Boy's Own adventure to die for.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Fascinating at times, exciting and harrowing at others, and always visually arresting.

| Original Score: B

November 14, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The movie is like one of those ships in a bottle -- lovely and painstaking, as grand as it is unimportant.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Master and Commander doesn't play fast and loose with the genre, like this summer's Pirates of the Caribbean, and Crowe certainly doesn't mince around like Johnny Depp.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A rousing, intense and thoroughly convincing adventure yarn that may have even the most committed landlubber longing for a ship and a star to sail her by.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

November 14, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Isn't just a fabulous seagoing spectacle. It's one for the ages.

November 14, 2003

Arizona Republic
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If you're just dying to see Master and Commander, check in for the first 20 minutes, take a leisurely stroll and then return for the finale.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Master and Commander is grand and glorious, and touching in its attention to its characters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 14, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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Master and Commander hooks you from its nifty opening salvo to its nifty closing punch line.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 14, 2003
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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Proof that Hollywood can make a smart $150 million movie that doesn't insult the audience's intelligence.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Scrupulously detailed and handsomely mounted, Master and Commander sails across the screen like a well-built ship, seaworthy and stolid.

| Original Score: B+

November 14, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An intimate epic of infinite grace.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 13, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Master and Commander hums with humor, passion and life.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 13, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Master and Commander intends to be an intelligent epic, but it's the epic qualities more than the intelligence that hold us.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 13, 2003
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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Mr. Weir will possibly get his fifth nomination for Oscar gold, but everybody -- from costume designer Wendy Stites to Australians Iva Davies, Richard Tognetti and Christopher Gordon, who composed the classic-pop score -- deserves three cheers.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

November 13, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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A masterful and majestic film that leaps off the screen.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

November 13, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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A splendid adaptation.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 13, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A swashbuckling epic for grownups.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 13, 2003
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
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Probably the best movie of its kind ever made.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 13, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Masterful and commanding.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

November 13, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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This apt and sensitive introduction to O'Brian's ripping maritime tales manages to make a period-piece saga feel modern -- capturing something timeless in the characters of all men.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

November 12, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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For those with any interest in 18th and 19th century seafaring or naval warfare, this is a must-see motion picture. For others, it's an enlightening and entertaining experience, but there's the issue of the slow middle act to overcome.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

November 11, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Crowe delivers a star performance in his trademark incarnation as the thoughtful roughneck.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 11, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Crowe's dominating presence and rough charms are put to great use here.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 11, 2003
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Masterful direction and commanding performances make this epic voyage highly see-worthy.

November 4, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Rare proof that a gigantic production in contemporary Hollywood can possess a distinctive personality, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World proves as bracing as a stiff wind on the open sea.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 4, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 4, 2003
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