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The Master


Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language.

R In Theaters 09/14/2012 , 150min.
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Critic score based on 43 reviews

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June 30, 2013
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
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.
March 11, 2013
Critics don't pay to see movies--they get in free. In fact, they get paid to see movies. Maybe that impedes their ability to sync-up with public opinion. No one in his or her right mind should spend good money to see this painfully boring movie about a disgusting psycho/sexual creep, a charasmatic criminal posing as a \"religious prophet,\" and the weak-minded people who follow him
March 05, 2013
Superb acting! JP was at his very best. It also helps to know what the movie is really about.
February 19, 2013
Absolutely lousy! Shockingly so!

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What makes The Master such a singular experience, as dense as a mille-feuille, is that it is not Lancaster's story but Freddie's, and told as such, in layers that are sensorially rich but that do not always lead easily from one to another. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
It is a movie about the lure and folly of greatness that comes as close as anything I've seen recently to being a great movie. There will be skeptics, but the cult is already forming. Count me in. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
By bringing so much thought, verve and visual poetry to bear on two neurotics acting out -- rather than on the larger cultural story they anticipate and embody -- The Master turns out to be more of a self-defeating whimper than the big, important bang it could have been. Full Review
Anthony Lane
The New Yorker
On reflection, and despite these cavils, we should bow to The Master, because it gives us so much to revere, starting with the image that opens the film and recurs right up to the end-the turbid, blue-white wake of a ship. There goes the past, receding and not always redeemable, and here comes the future, waiting to churn us up. Full Review
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. Full Review
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