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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Reviews

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.
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.
November 15, 2003
A gentleman's action movie.
November 14, 2003
A plain old good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2003
Russell Crowe swaggers marvelously in the seafaring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2003
For the most part, this epic adventure steers a true course through storm and sacrifice, and arrives triumphant.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2003
A thrilling, sweeping, visually stunning Napoleonic War adventure set on the high seas.
November 14, 2003
It's an adventure movie by an artist.
November 14, 2003
Even if you can't tell a mizzenmast from a gangplank, Master and Commander will take your breath away.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2003
It's a ride few movies, if any, have ever been able to offer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2003
The special effects and battle scenes are extraordinary.
Read More | Original Score: A
November 14, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2003
Fascinating at times, exciting and harrowing at others, and always visually arresting.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 14, 2003
The movie is like one of those ships in a bottle -- lovely and painstaking, as grand as it is unimportant.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2003
Isn't just a fabulous seagoing spectacle. It's one for the ages.
November 14, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2003
Master and Commander is grand and glorious, and touching in its attention to its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2003
Master and Commander hooks you from its nifty opening salvo to its nifty closing punch line.
November 14, 2003
Seems fated to disappoint everyone except the slick magazines that put it on their covers.
November 14, 2003
Proof that Hollywood can make a smart $150 million movie that doesn't insult the audience's intelligence.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2003
Scrupulously detailed and handsomely mounted, Master and Commander sails across the screen like a well-built ship, seaworthy and stolid.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 13, 2003
An intimate epic of infinite grace.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2003
Master and Commander hums with humor, passion and life.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2003
Master and Commander intends to be an intelligent epic, but it's the epic qualities more than the intelligence that hold us.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 13, 2003
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 | Original Score: A-
November 13, 2003
A masterful and majestic film that leaps off the screen.
November 13, 2003
A splendid adaptation.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2003
A swashbuckling epic for grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2003
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.
November 13, 2003
Probably the best movie of its kind ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 13, 2003
Masterful and commanding.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 12, 2003
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 | Original Score: A-
November 11, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2003
Crowe delivers a star performance in his trademark incarnation as the thoughtful roughneck.
November 11, 2003
Crowe's dominating presence and rough charms are put to great use here.
November 4, 2003
Masterful direction and commanding performances make this epic voyage highly see-worthy.
November 4, 2003
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.
November 4, 2003
A rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4