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R| 2 hr. 16 min.

Plot Summary
Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a troubled, boozy drifter struggling with the trauma of World War II and whatever inner demons ruled his life before that. On a fateful night in 1950, Freddie boards a passing boat and meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the charismatic leader of a religious movement called the Cause. Freddie tries hard to adhere to Dodd's weird teachings and forms a close bond with his mentor, even as other members of Dodd's inner circle see him as a threat.

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Amy Adams , Laura Dern , Jesse Plemons , Amy Ferguson , Frank Bettag , Leonida A. Bautista

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Weinstein Co.

The Master (2012)

Release Date: September 14th, 2012|2 hr. 16 min.

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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Written, directed, acted, shot, edited and scored with a bracing vibrancy that restores your faith in film as an art form, The Master is nirvana for movie lovers. Anderson mixes sounds and images into a dark, dazzling music that is all his own. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If it were just a middling effort, The Master would be a lot less frustrating. But the latest from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has greatness in it - two extraordinary performances, intuitive and revealing photography and scene setting, and a distinct directorial sensibility that hovers between sobriety and satire. Yet all those virtues are undermined by a narrative that goes all but dead for the last hour. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Anderson has taken pains to re-create the '50s with superb production design and gorgeous cinematography. But he seems less concerned with whether the audience is along for the ride. The story can leave viewers at sea, floundering to give meaning to what they are watching. show more

  • May 31, 2014 guku1
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    The Master is another big piece of **** from the demented sickos in Hollywood. Which idiot gave this crap 4 stars? You are all a bunch of pitiful retards!!!

  • June 30, 2013 solas
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    I am surprised that no one else wrote of what was most vivid to me: the visuals in much of the film were like a Norman Rockwell painting. They painted a nostalgia for what never really was quite so,; a physical manifestation of the Cause's philosophy transformation from memory to imagination.

  • March 30, 2013 abmercer
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    Watched the whole darn thing. Then wished I hadn\'t wasted my time. I like to see a character grow and change. These characters do not grow - they waste their lives, and make the viewer feel the entire film a waste. If you find that feeling compelling, then watch it.

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