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The Master Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
It's a singular vision, and the movie haunts.
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
There is so much spark here, so much to absorb, that the effect defies any picking of nits and just makes one grateful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 23, 2013
The film never lags. It is too gorgeous, too expertly acted, and above all, too well directed and written. Nearly devoid of exposition, "The Master" unfolds seamlessly and naturally.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
THE MASTER is challenging, perplexing, at times infuriating - and always thoughtful. Indelible. And always, always beautiful.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 28, 2013
by itself, gives lie to the idea that Americans don't make great, nuanced, complicated films. It's sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 3, 2013
Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is a challenging film, like most of his work. One that evokes a spellbinding performance out of Joaquin Phoenix.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
Despite sumptuous cinematography and sublime acting, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film ultimately feels a touch pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 1, 2013
There is not too much by way of extras in the new Blu-ray release of the under appreciated film, "The Master," but what is there is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 25, 2013
Admirável ao permitir que o filme desenvolva seus temas e personagens ao seguir em direções frequentemente inesperadas, Anderson continua a demonstrar seu talento como cineasta tanto pela maturidade de seus temas quanto por seu preciosismo estético.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
Refusing to wrestle with the veracity or the real implications of The Cause, one begins to question what is underpinning the entire exercise, an ambiguity that, as with Kubrick, will require multiple viewings to unravel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Charity
January 8, 2013
In the end it may not have the emotional uplift the Academy or a popular mainstream audience craves, but make no mistake, this is an enthralling drama about a peculiarly American restlessness, and the striving for insight and grace.
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
January 8, 2013
The at-times-impenetrable film will require multiple viewings to fully appreciate the multitude of themes and subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2013
[A] challenging, psychologically fraught drama.
Harlan Jacobson
Boston Phoenix
January 8, 2013
Anderson has achieved his mid-century epic, and in its pure 65mm sumptuousness, the great American movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Gorber
December 28, 2012
THE MASTER is a brilliant film. THE MASTER is a confounding film. The Master is a terrible film. THE MASTER may talked about for the ages or forgotten in a few years. THE MASTER may be a masterpiece, THE MASTER may be empty of content...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jason Gorber
December 28, 2012
THE MASTER is brilliant and/or confounding and/or terrible. It may be talked about for the ages or forgotten in a few years. It may be a masterpiece, and/or it may be empty of content masked by strong moments of acting prowess and visual flare.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 4, 2012
The least accessible of Anderson's films, and the least enjoyable, but it's intelligent and original enough for him to remain a "must-see" director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2012
For me, it is a masterpiece, a visually stunning explosion of pure cinema, emotionally charged with a penetrating psychological punch. If you are bored by this film, to paraphrase the great Samuel Johnson, then you are bored with life.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
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