A Master Builder

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A young woman (Lisa Joyce) confronts a gravely ill architect (Wallace Shawn), claiming that he seduced her when she was just an adolescent, but he has no recollection of the encounter.

Cast & Crew

Wallace Shawn
Halvard Solness
Lisa Joyce
Hilda Wangel
Emily Cass McDonnell
Kaia Fosli
Larry Pine
Dr. Herdal
Wallace Shawn
Screenwriter
Ronald M. Bozman
Executive Producer
Beau Willimon
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Jordan Tappis
Executive Producer
Declan Quinn
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Scott Griffin
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Critic Reviews for A Master Builder

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (6)

  • There is muscle and volume in the performances; but had Demme hung back, and kept things cooler and quieter, the mastery of what Ibsen built, and the agon of his extraordinary hero, would have cast a more looming shadow.

    September 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • For a movie that lasts longer than two hours and is made up solely of talking, it's impressive that the story never seems to drag.

    September 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Though the film makes little effort to open up the play, letting it all unfold, as in the original, within Solness's house - if not his mind - Demme's version intensifies the drama into something oneiric.

    September 12, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Surprisingly engaging ...

    September 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A film that plays not as a theatrical antique, but as a crackling, profound entry in The Twilight Zone.

    August 14, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Shawn veers away from his usual nebbishy persona here and skillfully suggests a master manipulator and shrewdly controlling womanizer driven by insecurities and guilt.

    August 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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