Written July 29, 2014
I loved this film for about 90 minutes, and liked the rest. It is superb overall - but it's rather hardcore, if you know what I mean. The kind of film to watch if you are in a very introspective mood, or enjoy watching a great filmmaker at work. Everything about "The Master" is captivating. The camera work, the lighting, the period scenes, the pacing, and - especially - the acting. Phoenix and Hoffman are mesmerizing. The opening scenes and even up until the middle of the movie, are easily the best thing I've seen all year. The only downside is the movie tends to drag, and could easily have been 30 minutes shorter. Little was added by the film's length. Darkly funny and disturbing in a way the lingers in a sneaky fashion. Definitely worth seeing.
Written September 24, 2012
There are so many nuances and the material is so rich that I believe I may have to see it again to form an opinion.
There are definite scenes that will stay with you!
Written September 23, 2012
Great acting, but confusing, non-linear story, director places style over real revelation of characters, motives, or ideas. Fascinating topic, but we did not come away feeling as if we had a deeper understanding of what motivates the cult leader or followers, other than the fact that some followers are deeply damaged (e.g. Phoenix's character) and the leader is borderline nuts (not to mention his wife!) Met friends outside after the film. Their reviews:
1. "I hated it."
2. "Oy vay"
Written October 03, 2012
Excellent acting but no storyline whatsoever. 2+ hours of boredom. Almost no one in the theatre. One couple left after about 30 minutes. I should have joined the exodus.
Written August 21, 2014
The hype for this plodding piece of film is so wrong. Although the acting is great, save the overly melodramatic performance of Amy Adams who I love, there is simply no story there....2 1/2 hrs of my life I can never get back...