100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Just as Aubrey's authority springs from skill and knowledge, so does the film's power. They don't make movies like this any more because few people know how to make them.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Like the work of David Lean, it achieves the epic without losing sight of the human, and to see it is to be reminded of the way great action movies can rouse and exhilarate us, can affirm life instead of simply dramatizing its destruction.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A story in full billow; it sails through stretches of bloody battle, anxious waiting, wine-soaked relaxation, and marvelous scientific discoveries by the remarkable Maturin (Paul Bettany, well matched again with his ''A Beautiful Mind'' costar).
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The epic adventure, set during the Napoleonic Wars, boasts at least two artists at the top of their respective games -- namely filmmaker Peter Weir and actor Russell Crowe.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An intimate epic of infinite grace.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
As gorgeous and gripping as it is faithful to the spirit of Patrick O'Brian's celebrated series of historical novels.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The opening 15 minutes of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World are so well crafted that they restore your faith in commercial cinema.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Crowe -- fierce, funny and every inch the hero -- gives a blazing star performance.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
For all the movie's coarse grandeur -- for all the blood in its battle scenes and the grim historical accuracy of its depiction of antediluvian medical procedures -- the story of Master and Commander feels like something intended not for adults but for children.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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