The Master Reviews
February 25, 2019
The main thing is that The Master is so unlike anything else in its seriousness and so admirable in its vitality that one has to support it.
September 1, 2018
It is all so enigmatic and underwritten I felt rather shut out. A 'challenging' film is one thing, but one that actually slams the door in your face is quite another, as well as rude.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 4, 2012
After an hour, I was baffled. After two, I was bored stiff.
November 1, 2012
This is a glorious movie, an omnivorous, many-coloured satire on the chameleon-hued carnivores of our souls.
October 29, 2012
An often brilliant '50s-throwback character drama that never feels nostalgic, with terrific central performances and a luminous, unforgettable visual beauty.
September 28, 2012
The Master is less than the sum of its parts, but, oh, what parts they are.
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
Intelligent, chilly and fascinating, this uneven film didn't need 70 mm. It's a taut eye-to-eye war between Hoffman, magnificent as an egotist, and Phoenix, his needy follower
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.