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The Master Reviews

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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+
May 26, 2013
A perverted sausage party in which Anderson fully indulges his obsession with male genitalia.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 4, 2012
After an hour, I was baffled. After two, I was bored stiff.
September 20, 2012
"The Master" merely ends up being a reminder that performances can take a film pretty far, but they can't make up for poor writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 10, 2012
The Master is Paul Thomas Anderson with the edges sanded off, the best bits shorn down to nubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 16, 2012
What seems revelatory in the moment is often obvious in retrospect.
September 23, 2012
Anderson's style is clearly epic in scope, but his narrative approach is ambiguous, opaque and chillingly detached.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
September 20, 2012
"The Master" is fabulously well-acted and crafted, but when I reach for it, my hand closes on air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 18, 2012
Anderson's filmmaking skills are tremendous, but he suffers here under his own conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2012
As Hoffman's Master strives to impress w/eloquent language, fine suits and psychic parlor tricks, serving as cerebral misdirection, so too does Anderson, similarly pulling elaborate wool over our eyes. Quoting Ms. Stein: There is no there there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
September 11, 2012
A hollow epic that searches for a big bang yet ends in a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
September 13, 2012
This movie defies the usual fresh-or-rotten dichotomy. It's an awesome feat of filmmaking, but so opaque that it keeps you at a remove and proves hard to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2012
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master baits the audience. One may admire The Master for its scope, style, and maybe some of the acting, but its vision is myopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
September 24, 2012
Great performances and visuals, but painfully slow and not much happens. Not Anderson's best work
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 8, 2012
This is more character study than story. Yet, it feels as shallow as The Cause itself, as maddeningly opaque as Dodd's motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 25, 2012
... an attractively wrapped but thick and indigestible slab of baloney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 2, 2012
As with Lou Reed's notorious album of over-modulated feedback ("Metal Machine Music"), the audience is left to decide if the movie is some kind of bad joke, or an artistic project gone horribly astray.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 13, 2012
Aiming for epic, it's undeniably thought-provoking, but too ambiguous to fully satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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