Master Disaster

By Lazard
Written September 16, 2012
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 meaningless, disconnected vignettes. Moviegoers who are expecting an absorbing story and well-drawn characters will be disappointed. The showing we attended displayed no discernible audience reaction during or after the film's ending. One of the worst movies I have ever seen.
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Rivetting

By Dystopika
Written September 17, 2012
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. Goodbye.
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The Master

By wkr@themovies
Written September 22, 2012
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 to witness the angst without insight....it was not a good evening spent. No redeeming quality....should have walked out... but kept thinking something would eventually make sense. 2 + hours later....NOPE...
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Epic! Must See!

By nwportbeach
Written September 17, 2012
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 after walking out of the theater.
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Lost in It's Own Beautiful Reflection

By alandm61
Written September 16, 2012
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, the focus, the "bigger" picture gets swallowed up by the sometimes brilliant performances o its male leads, but--sadly, disappointingly--loses its way in their father son, guru and sycophant, brother, and almost lovers, in this...and the audience is left lost. Not in a productive way. The movie is grossly repetitious, I suppose because it could not find its way out of the force field of these two men. Most important, it is impossible to consider Phoenix's role as that of a seriously mentally disturbed man--even before the PTSD, despite the drinking, so there is little tension really between "master and slave," which it wants to be. Or whatever it wanted to be. Though difficult to tolerate, at times, it's worth seeing.
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