Written October 21, 2014
Had great expectations, based on the buzz, but found the film largely unlikable. There was not a single character in the film worth empathy or sympathy -- perhaps Anderson's intent. The whole film was a long, drawn out plodding, disjointed, unapologetic celebration of self-loathing.
Beautiful cinematography. Must-see for Hoffman and Phoenix fans, but others should be prepared to be offended by the characters and to NOT be entertained.
Written September 15, 2012
Don't worry, you won't blink if your eyes are shut and you're snoring away through this snooze-fest. Not since the equally atrocious "Atonement", or perhaps "The English Patient", has there been a crappy film to have received so much critical acclaim. None of it is deserved. "The Master" is not only not the best film of 2012, but it is one of the most overrated films of all time.
Now you know.
Written September 30, 2012
After all the ballyhoo reviews of this movie, we were expecting something wonderful. Ha ha! Joaquin Phoenix is good in his role, but this movie is way too long, there's no plot and it is impossible to care about any of the characters. We are big Phillip Seymour Hoffman fans, but this was the worst movie we've seen in a very long time. Instead of talking about the movie plot afterwards, we compared it to the other bad movies we've seen in the last year or so. Skip it. Wish we had.
Written September 02, 2014
First off, it is good to see Joaquin Phoenix back and he did an outstanding job playing this very troubled character in the movie. He physically became so thin for this character that I almost cringed at certain points seeing him so thin. Other than that, I think his performance was fantastic and this goes the same for Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I really think they will receive Oscar nominations for their work in this film. The rest of the cast was great as well. Overall I liked the movie and recommend it for anyone who wants to see some fine acting.
Written March 08, 2013
So long, so boring. It was a test in patience to sit through the whole thing. Yes, the photography was good, and Joaqin's performance was great, as was everyone's else, but the story was so weak and stretched out, it defies most conventions of storytelling. Please skip it, and save 2.5 hours of your life!