The Master Reviews

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June 14, 2013
It's a mess; it's pretentious; it is thundery with dismay.
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.
January 8, 2013
[A] challenging, psychologically fraught drama.
October 31, 2012
All hail the master.
September 23, 2012
The actors' commitment to their roles is impressive, but it's tethered to a weightless, airless movie, a film so enamored of itself, the audience gets shut out.
September 22, 2012
The Master may go down as one of Paul Thomas Anderson's most compelling works for two simple reasons: Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
September 21, 2012
Where There Will Be Blood transmuted sullen earth into flame and launched it violently skyward, The Master is, as its opening shot advertises, a more fluid undertaking, a story of ebb and flow.
September 21, 2012
The Master is as confounding as it is magnificent.
September 21, 2012
[Phoenix and Hoffman] suggest duelling Brandos.
September 21, 2012
It's a surprisingly compassionate look at two people: A lost sheep and his shepherd.
September 21, 2012
Both Phoenix and Hoffman are on fire within their characters. If only they'd had some place to go.
September 21, 2012
"The Master" turns out to be more of a self-defeating whimper than the big, important bang it could have been.
September 20, 2012
Entrancing from first frame to last. The lights go down, they come up 137 minutes later, and you're left to ask yourself: What on earth did I just see?
September 20, 2012
A film that starts off seeming like the best of 2012 becomes a chore to sit through, and I suspect that few, even among this film's enthusiasts, will come to the end of the movie wishing there were more.
September 20, 2012
This portrait of 1950s America is like none you've ever seen, and it's unsettling - but the minute it was over, I wanted to watch it again.
September 20, 2012
The Master is a work that demands attention, and it satisfies on many levels - it is a film of intelligence and ambition, teeming with ideas, assembled with fearless artistry.
September 20, 2012
The film is interested in a cult of personality. Like Anderson's previous movie, "The Master" is a portrait of megalomania.
September 20, 2012
For film fans who have lost faith in the transportive power of cinema, "The Master" will make you a believer.
September 20, 2012
Likely Oscar nominees both, Phoenix and Hoffman command the giant screen so completely it's hard to imagine anyone pulling it away from them.
September 20, 2012
Warts, wanderings, reiterations and all, this is a film destined to be processed in many different ways. And hallelujah to that.
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