The Master Reviews

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September 16, 2020
Far more interested in the cult of personality than it is in exploring any particular religious or spiritual path.
August 13, 2020
Anderson has sensitive antennae, but they are attuned at the moment to confused social layers and his haphazard approach does little to clear up the confusion.
June 25, 2020
Is a provocative masterpiece that has amplified my faith for the cinema of the master Paul Thomas Anderson. [Full review in Spanish]
February 13, 2020
A peerless performance by everyone, in front of and behind the camera, render it an extraordinary addition to Paul Thomas Anderson's oeuvre and an example of a director at the peak of his powers.
December 23, 2019
The seemingly dissonant performances of the leads yield an unexpected harmony, particularly in a scene in which the two men find themselves in adjoining jail cells, acting according to their opposite instincts.
July 2, 2019
I would need a rewatch to really settle in on how I feel about The Master, but my initial reaction is that it's good. It's just not the masterpiece that his last film was.
June 8, 2019
A bold, towering work that is as infuriating as it is masterful.
May 3, 2019
At once an unauthorised, fictional version of the life of L. Ron Hubbard, and also the story of two men locked in a love they'll never fully express.
April 11, 2019
Fueled by a transcendent performance from Joaquin Phoenix, this is a film that from a technical standpoint is as close to perfect as any I can remember in recent memory.
February 25, 2019
The main thing is that The Master is so unlike anything else in its seriousness and so admirable in its vitality that one has to support it.
February 5, 2019
A supremely orchestrated, Kane-like odyssey, Anderson's latest is remarkable for both its grandiose scale and paradoxical introversion.
December 20, 2018
Hoffman and Phoenix are at the top of their game -- given what little they really have to work with.
November 1, 2018
It is silly almost beyond human endurance.
November 1, 2018
The film has an odd quirkiness to it, which while giving it a unique feel makes it feel off-putting at first.
October 18, 2018
The Master is a perfectly articulated, perfectly plotted, perfectly acted depiction of the origin of a religion.
September 1, 2018
It is all so enigmatic and underwritten I felt rather shut out. A 'challenging' film is one thing, but one that actually slams the door in your face is quite another, as well as rude.
August 30, 2018
Epic in scope but also intimate, told in loving close-ups whose high resolution, like the processing to which Dodd subjects his followers, reveals the great scope and detail of its characters.
April 9, 2018
Towering standalone moments all, they are certainly impressive when first encountered, though they wobble perilously the longer one looks at them...It isn't a great film - but it has a great film rattling around inside it.
February 22, 2018
Anderson got a great performance out of Sandler, something I never dreamed possible, and he gets one out of Phoenix here. But for all the passion mustered by Phoenix, the final third of "The Master" grinds to a halt.
February 3, 2018
the title of Master is best reserved for Anderson himself, who builds, as if from water and sand, a story that is messy in the very best sense, crumbling before the viewer's eyes before it can be easily grasped or penetrated.
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