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The Master Reviews

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Sophie Brown
Dazed and Confused
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.
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
The Master is ambitious, grave, inventive, flawed, and best of all, it's a sad story about a very sad man.
J. Olson
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
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
It's a singular vision, and the movie haunts.
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
There is so much spark here, so much to absorb, that the effect defies any picking of nits and just makes one grateful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
It's a mess; it's pretentious; it is thundery with dismay.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
A perverted sausage party in which Anderson fully indulges his obsession with male genitalia.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 23, 2013
The film never lags. It is too gorgeous, too expertly acted, and above all, too well directed and written. Nearly devoid of exposition, "The Master" unfolds seamlessly and naturally.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
THE MASTER is challenging, perplexing, at times infuriating - and always thoughtful. Indelible. And always, always beautiful.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 28, 2013
by itself, gives lie to the idea that Americans don't make great, nuanced, complicated films. It's sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 3, 2013
Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is a challenging film, like most of his work. One that evokes a spellbinding performance out of Joaquin Phoenix.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
Despite sumptuous cinematography and sublime acting, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film ultimately feels a touch pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 1, 2013
There is not too much by way of extras in the new Blu-ray release of the under appreciated film, "The Master," but what is there is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 25, 2013
Admirável ao permitir que o filme desenvolva seus temas e personagens ao seguir em direções frequentemente inesperadas, Anderson continua a demonstrar seu talento como cineasta tanto pela maturidade de seus temas quanto por seu preciosismo estético.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
Refusing to wrestle with the veracity or the real implications of The Cause, one begins to question what is underpinning the entire exercise, an ambiguity that, as with Kubrick, will require multiple viewings to unravel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Charity
January 8, 2013
In the end it may not have the emotional uplift the Academy or a popular mainstream audience craves, but make no mistake, this is an enthralling drama about a peculiarly American restlessness, and the striving for insight and grace.
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
January 8, 2013
The at-times-impenetrable film will require multiple viewings to fully appreciate the multitude of themes and subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2013
[A] challenging, psychologically fraught drama.
Harlan Jacobson
Boston Phoenix
January 8, 2013
Anderson has achieved his mid-century epic, and in its pure 65mm sumptuousness, the great American movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Gorber
December 28, 2012
THE MASTER is a brilliant film. THE MASTER is a confounding film. The Master is a terrible film. THE MASTER may talked about for the ages or forgotten in a few years. THE MASTER may be a masterpiece, THE MASTER may be empty of content...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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