The Master Synopsis
A drifter becomes the right-hand man of a religious organization's charismatic leader.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Nothing as big and strange and right as The Master should feel as effortless as it does. That's not the same as saying that it's light....
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Two things stand out: the extraordinary command of cinematic technique, which alone is nearly enough to keep a connoisseur on the edge of...
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Written, directed, acted, shot, edited and scored with a bracing vibrancy that restores your faith in film as an art form, The Master is...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's also one of the great movies of the year - an ambitious, challenging, and creatively hot-blooded but cool toned project that picks...
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90

Movieline

What makes The Master such a singular experience, as dense as a mille-feuille, is that it is not Lancaster's story but Freddie's, and told...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Paul Thomas Anderson's remarkable sixth feature addresses, by extension, the all-too-human process of eager seekers falling under the spell...
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This superb, cerebral film about unchecked belief is a fictionalized and cutting drama hinging on the origins of Scientology. Scratch...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Phoenix's performance is one of such wild, intense abandon that it is not to be believed, and this, in fact, was my problem as The Master...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Anderson has taken pains to re-create the '50s with superb production design and gorgeous cinematography. But he seems less concerned with...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If it were just a middling effort, The Master would be a lot less frustrating. But the latest from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has...
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The Master

By wallythom
The worst tripe masquerading as some great intellectual character play. Would the sheep write such rave reviews if the critics had not gushed over it? The Emperor has no clothes, folks. WT...

Master Disaster

By Lazard
Master is a self-indulgent exercise in art for art's sake designed to appeal to critics and Hollywood insiders not the ticket-buying public. There is no plot, no narrative arc-just a series of...

Rivetting

By Dystopika
Not the expose of Scientology that many people were expecting but rather, as PTA does, this is a character study.Joaquin looks like a cat who's been forced to wear clothes. Go see this movie. ...

The Master

By wkr@themovies
A magnicantly acted waste of time. There is at least one acadamy award nomination hidden amidst the boozy-meandering nonsense. Both of the lead actors do "disturbed" really well.....but to pay money...

Not everyone's cup of tea

By branagh
This is a tighter film than PTA's There WIll Be Blood. There are some compelling scenes, but the energy gets diluted. Phoenix's character is all Id and Hoffman's all Super Ego. There were a few...

Epic! Must See!

By nwportbeach
Epic! 90% of the film will blow your mind and leave you laughing hysterically. A few slows parts, but the brillance surrounding makes it totally worth the ride. Will linger in your mind continually...

Lost in It's Own Beautiful Reflection

By alandm61
Beautifully shot capturing the postwar period visually in "you are there" color and composition. Music, too...but relentlessly intense as is the film, which is promising for first 1/2 hour. The film,...

Joaquin Phoenix is great, the story..........ehhhh.

By SCBRoslyn
In a nutshell, Joaquin Phoenix is the entire entertainment value in this movie. His character development is outstanding! I also thought, what I'll call "the psychology," of the film is well done....

Very Long =/= Bad

By grandchess_josh
To start off, this is a movie which you'll either love, or you'll hate. You will either love this movie for it's contents, or despise it for it's length. So, saying that the movie was very long,...

You've got to be kidding !!!!

By stewski
I love intelligent, thought provoking films. This was not it. I went to this movie yesterday and came out wondering why this movie was creating so much positive feedback. It shouldn't have been...

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Rated R | For Graphic Nudity, Sexual Content and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Intense, evocative drama examines faith, compulsion.
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