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The Master Reviews

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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 4, 2019
A supremely orchestrated, Kane-like odyssey, Anderson's latest is remarkable for both its grandiose scale and paradoxical introversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 20, 2018
Hoffman and Phoenix are at the top of their game -- given what little they really have to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 25, 2018
It is silly almost beyond human endurance.
August 31, 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 21, 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 2, 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.
January 26, 2018
Hoffman's performance is beyond words, as always, but it is Phoenix's take on the animalistic nature of man that speaks volumes to the core elements of what makes the film such a devastating one to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 8, 2018
[The Master] is interested in consciousness more than conscience, which is why Anderson's camera roams so thrillingly. The man we're following experiences the world as a carelessly dropped string that had been wrapped about him and then whipped loose.
November 19, 2017
...the first hour or so of the movie constitutes the finest filmmaking of Anderson's career-go-for-broke virtuoso use of cinema as a medium.
October 16, 2017
It is, without doubt, one of the best films you'll see this year. (Probably, this decade.) Maybe even the best.
September 7, 2017
At least the performances, specifically from Phoenix and Hoffman, kept you engaged enough to want to finish the rest of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 21, 2017
[Director Paul Thomas] Anderson has taken whatever he needed from the early history of Scientology. . .to create an intimate epic of irrational need, an inner history of cultish transactions reconfigured as a sorrowful and distinctively American poem.
October 14, 2016
Richly and evocatively shot with the stunning light contrast of seminal black and white films, The Master has the clout of classic cinema.
May 10, 2016
The Master is ambitious, grave, inventive, flawed, and best of all, it's a sad story about a very sad man.
April 15, 2016
Joaquin Phoenix's performance is dazzling, the kind of effort we're lucky to see once every two or three years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 12, 2015
It's a singular vision, and the movie haunts.
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