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The Master Reviews

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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 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.
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-
June 14, 2013
It's a mess; it's pretentious; it is thundery with dismay.
May 26, 2013
A perverted sausage party in which Anderson fully indulges his obsession with male genitalia.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
April 3, 2013
THE MASTER is challenging, perplexing, at times infuriating - and always thoughtful. Indelible. And always, always beautiful.
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
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
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
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