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Based on 42 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Crowe -- fierce, funny and every inch the hero -- gives a blazing star performance. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    For all the movie's coarse grandeur -- for all the blood in its battle scenes and the grim historical accuracy of its depiction of antediluvian medical procedures -- the story of Master and Commander feels like something intended not for adults but for children. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    And novel insights notwithstanding, this is a plain old good movie, too. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Just as Aubrey's authority springs from skill and knowledge, so does the film's power. They don't make movies like this any more because few people know how to make them. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    An intimate epic of infinite grace. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    As gorgeous and gripping as it is faithful to the spirit of Patrick O'Brian's celebrated series of historical novels. show more

  • 90
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    The epic adventure, set during the Napoleonic Wars, boasts at least two artists at the top of their respective games -- namely filmmaker Peter Weir and actor Russell Crowe. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Like the work of David Lean, it achieves the epic without losing sight of the human, and to see it is to be reminded of the way great action movies can rouse and exhilarate us, can affirm life instead of simply dramatizing its destruction. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    As magnificent as a high-masted 19th-century British warship, as explosive as a Napoleonic-era ocean battle seen above the cannon's mouth... probably the best movie of its kind ever made. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This is a rip-roaring adventure combining edge-of-your-seat battle scenes with vivid historical details and more fascinating characters than most action movies dream of. Add heartfelt acting and Russell Boyd's atmospheric camera work, and you have the adventure movie of the year. show more

  • July 26, 2009 srbgodsmack1992
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    By far one of my favorite films of all time.

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