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.
November 15, 2003
A gentleman's action movie.
November 14, 2003
A plain old good movie.
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.
November 14, 2003
Russell Crowe swaggers marvelously in the seafaring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
November 14, 2003
For the most part, this epic adventure steers a true course through storm and sacrifice, and arrives triumphant.
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.
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.
November 14, 2003
It's a ride few movies, if any, have ever been able to offer.
November 14, 2003
The special effects and battle scenes are extraordinary.
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.
November 14, 2003
Fascinating at times, exciting and harrowing at others, and always visually arresting.
November 14, 2003
The movie is like one of those ships in a bottle -- lovely and painstaking, as grand as it is unimportant.
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