Most interesting character portrayal ever

By mikeykmovie
Written September 22, 2012
Though the story didn't gel in many areas this is a must see if you want something different. All the the acting, especially Joaquin Phoenix was brilliant and carried the show. Certainly interesting script and guaranteed to be fuel for many fun discussions. Could see it again even with many story flaws and connections that didn't quite meet. I will never forget Joaquin's whole, unique and thoroughly developed character. What a phical, mental and emotional character he created.
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Delightful movie

By dave94703
Written September 23, 2012
No fan of Scientology I, but this paean to a flawed leader by a devotee of his cut is full of fine moments and outstanding star turns. I was constantly getting happily surprised by its unvarnished portrayals.
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Gigantic Disappointment

By R1234
Written September 24, 2012
Great cast, great movie maker, fantastic reviews, but horrific, tortuous experience. My wife and I had no clue of what the story really was about and got nothing but boredom form our 2 hour experience.
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By martingg
Written September 23, 2012
A terrific cast in an awful movie!!!!...let's see how many times we can use the F word...too violent...too much sex...just wasn't necessary to the plot. I want my money back!!!!!
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Great acting showcase for Phoenix

By auddymartinez
Written September 15, 2012
There's a lot to admire about PT Anderson's The Master, from the gorgeous photography, set designs and the hypnotic score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood but what stands out the most is the brilliant performance by Joaquin Phoenix as a disturbed ex-veteran without a home to return to. Phoenix gives a committed performance bordering on madness. His crooked posture, intense glare (made more so by lazy eyes) and even his breathing invoke something beastly struggling within him. His character comes off as brutish, primordial and utterly masculine. He's incongruous in a post WW2 America, too violent to succeed in any profession for long. Then he comes across Philip Seymor Hoffman's "The Master," a character so megalomaniacal and delusional to see a friend and kindred soul in Phoenix's character, and instead seeks to study and cure him. My one complaint is that Hoffman's character is perhaps too one dimensional and familiar as the preacher who believes his own lies. 9/10
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