Written February 01, 2015
I love almost all kinds of movies. However, I found this movie truly disgusting and having no purpose. It tries to masquerade as art, but it fails beyond miserably. Joaquin Phoenix does look like a miserable, sick alcoholic, so he did succeed at that. It is filled with closeups of Phillip saying nonsense over and over. I would never recommend that anyone see this movie. Safe your money; believe me, I would love to get mine back.
Written May 04, 2015
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 April 25, 2015
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...
Written June 02, 2015
Perhaps Mr. Anderson's most subtle and mature work yet, The Master doesn't deliver quite the same pace of Boogie Nights, nor the savage passion of There Will Be Blood. Yet, I'd deem this a better work than both of those (and I enjoyed them a great deal). I might argue that Magnolia gives The Master a run for its money, in terms of ensemble casts and epic scale, yet The Master succeeds precisely because PT Anderson has scaled BACK a bit, His insistence on driving at one story with multiple dimensions proves beneficial for his direction of talented cast members with ranges capable of astonishing us. Joachim Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, already accomplished talents, dig deep here to showcase their characters' competing fears and strengths, their grudging courage, and their frailties.
As thorough a Tour de Force as The Master proves to be, I do think it could have lost half an hour in the editing room to no deleterious effect
Written September 22, 2014
Great film! Fantastic performances. Joachim Phoenix gives an award worthy performance as does Philip Seymour Hoffman - and the rest of the cast is amazing also. The sound track is ground-breaking and heightens the drama in unexpected and crucial ways. This is the kind of movie that both entertains and makes people think! Would like to see a lot more movies of this caliber in the AMC theaters! Go AMC!