Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Reviews

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June 24, 2006
Thanks in no small measure to Perfect Storm designer William Sandell, this handsomely mounted actioner exudes the authentic tang of salt, sweat and gunpowder.
August 7, 2004
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.
April 6, 2004
November 25, 2003
Russell Crowe wages war on water in this rousing, old-fashioned adventure, which stays afloat despite being almost as long and self-important as its title.
Top Critic
November 25, 2003
If this is the stuff that rings the bell on your macho meter, go with my blessing.
November 25, 2003
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.
May 30, 2019
Marketed as a rollicking adventure at sea, "Master and Commander" instead is a disguised lesson in social history with just enough action sequences to make it palatable.
May 23, 2016
Crowe and director Peter Weir have thrown the cliche overboard and replaced them with great storytelling. Run -- don't walk. I liked it so much i wanted to enlist.
January 12, 2016
an exciting film
January 2, 2016
So much fun to watch that the fact it's also quite ingenious and crafty can be surprisingly difficult to notice.
December 26, 2010
Intense battle scenes and a strong story of friendship.
September 19, 2010
Peter Weir makes the Surprise a world to explore, not a splashy CGI simulation. Like a human body, the boat stays afloat through complex processes. A knockout mix of organic elegance, reflective drama and aggressive action on par with Sir David Lean.
May 12, 2009
an expansive cinematic achievement that sits well against such adventure classics as Lawrence of Arabia, and is a sure bet for fans of ocean bound drama.
October 18, 2008
A stupendous production, Master and Commander satisfies as richly as a book might, immersing us in a world of its people and its places.
March 11, 2008
It's an undeniably square, throwback movie, but there's no major crime in making 'em like they used to, and doing it this elegantly.
July 14, 2007
A stunning technical achievement.
April 22, 2007
Too closely cropped to allow for the expansive feel of an oceanic epic, and fails to develop any meaningful relationships among its characters.
September 26, 2006
Through its emphasis on characters and not merely action, Master does not let us forget that all individuals are souls with flesh and blood, not merely empty casualties of war.
August 8, 2006
An enjoyable nautical adventure that gives us hope that Peter Weir can still make impressive movies.
December 6, 2005
The best boy's adventure of the year.
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