The Master Reviews

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 16, 2012
This is ( ... ) for cinephiles. You are expected to love it, but it sometimes left me scratching my head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
November 15, 2012
The Master is not short but, once you fill in the blanks, you find yourself constructing a meta-film that, if realised, would play for many, many more hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
November 15, 2012
A dense, baffling, thoroughly original epic that seems to divide viewers on the simple question of what it's supposed to be about.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2012
A bit of a sprawling, repetitive mess, a film that hints at greatness to be sure, but fails to come together in any coherent way ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 15, 2012
Feral, hunched, his face like a clenched fist, Phoenix's Freddie is inarticulate and blocked where Hoffman's Dodd is extravagant, loquacious and smooth, although Dodd's sudden eruptions of anger suggests a possible kinship between them beneath the skin.
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
November 12, 2012
The Master is drags you through the dark flux of a destructive man's clash with a man hell bent on manipulating his universe. It's powerful cinema in every regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
November 12, 2012
Insightful and explosive examination of humanity
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
November 10, 2012
The film draws much strength from the exceptional performances of both Phoenix and Hoffman and the riveting interplay between their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 10, 2012
There are gaping chasms in the story and side stories that go nowhere. Yet the power of [Philip Seymour] Hoffman's performance is so hypnotic you forgive the film's faults just to revel in his all-consuming portrayal of a man possessed by his own beliefs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
November 8, 2012
It certainly isn't for everyone, but those who like a challenge will find there is much to learn from The Master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 8, 2012
The Master is a film that deserves to be celebrated and castigated in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
FILMINK (Australia)
November 8, 2012
Marking Paul Thomas Anderson's most cryptic work to date, this brilliantly shot, superbly acted and powerfully challenging film warrants multiple viewings.
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age
November 8, 2012
It drags a touch in the middle, and the final scene as epilogue - a Paul Thomas Anderson staple - is unduly perplexing, but the movie exerts an undeniable hold. It's difficult not to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
November 8, 2012
It is an extraordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 8, 2012
More than impressive, it's disturbing, I felt quite shattered coming out of the screening whether because of the sheer artistry on display or whether because of the themes explored, I couldn't say.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
November 8, 2012
Any similarities to L. Ron Hubbard are entirely intentional, but this isn't an incendiary attack on Scientology, more a spiritual Pygmalion with Phoenix a heretical Eliza Doolittle.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
November 8, 2012
This is more character study than story. Yet, it feels as shallow as The Cause itself, as maddeningly opaque as Dodd's motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
November 7, 2012
The Master is a film about obedience and forming an identity through subservience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 4, 2012
The Master is just a film, and it satisfies, excites, entertains, and encourages debate just as the best ones should.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rachel Cooke
Observer [UK]
November 4, 2012
After an hour, I was baffled. After two, I was bored stiff.
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