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The Master Reviews

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December 28, 2012
THE MASTER is brilliant and/or confounding and/or terrible. It may be talked about for the ages or forgotten in a few years. It may be a masterpiece, and/or it may be empty of content masked by strong moments of acting prowess and visual flare.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 10, 2012
With almost no narrative progression, this film is basically a character study in which the main characters remain little changed and enigmatic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 4, 2012
The least accessible of Anderson's films, and the least enjoyable, but it's intelligent and original enough for him to remain a "must-see" director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2012
For me, it is a masterpiece, a visually stunning explosion of pure cinema, emotionally charged with a penetrating psychological punch. If you are bored by this film, to paraphrase the great Samuel Johnson, then you are bored with life.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 16, 2012
This is ( ... ) for cinephiles. You are expected to love it, but it sometimes left me scratching my head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 15, 2012
The Master is not short but, once you fill in the blanks, you find yourself constructing a meta-film that, if realised, would play for many, many more hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2012
A dense, baffling, thoroughly original epic that seems to divide viewers on the simple question of what it's supposed to be about.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2012
A bit of a sprawling, repetitive mess, a film that hints at greatness to be sure, but fails to come together in any coherent way ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2012
Feral, hunched, his face like a clenched fist, Phoenix's Freddie is inarticulate and blocked where Hoffman's Dodd is extravagant, loquacious and smooth, although Dodd's sudden eruptions of anger suggests a possible kinship between them beneath the skin.
November 12, 2012
The Master is drags you through the dark flux of a destructive man's clash with a man hell bent on manipulating his universe. It's powerful cinema in every regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 12, 2012
Insightful and explosive examination of humanity
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 10, 2012
The film draws much strength from the exceptional performances of both Phoenix and Hoffman and the riveting interplay between their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 10, 2012
There are gaping chasms in the story and side stories that go nowhere. Yet the power of [Philip Seymour] Hoffman's performance is so hypnotic you forgive the film's faults just to revel in his all-consuming portrayal of a man possessed by his own beliefs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 8, 2012
It certainly isn't for everyone, but those who like a challenge will find there is much to learn from The Master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2012
The Master is a film that deserves to be celebrated and castigated in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2012
Marking Paul Thomas Anderson's most cryptic work to date, this brilliantly shot, superbly acted and powerfully challenging film warrants multiple viewings.
November 8, 2012
It drags a touch in the middle, and the final scene as epilogue - a Paul Thomas Anderson staple - is unduly perplexing, but the movie exerts an undeniable hold. It's difficult not to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 8, 2012
It is an extraordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 8, 2012
More than impressive, it's disturbing, I felt quite shattered coming out of the screening whether because of the sheer artistry on display or whether because of the themes explored, I couldn't say.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 8, 2012
Any similarities to L. Ron Hubbard are entirely intentional, but this isn't an incendiary attack on Scientology, more a spiritual Pygmalion with Phoenix a heretical Eliza Doolittle.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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