• Released
  • September 14, 2012
  • (Limited, Expands 9/21)
  • R , 2 hr 16 min
  • Drama
  • 1,815 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A drifter becomes the right-hand man of a religious organization's charismatic leader.

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Critic Ratings

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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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Rated R | For Graphic Nudity, Sexual Content and Language
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Intense, evocative drama examines faith, compulsion.
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