The Master
The Master (2012)

A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart and solidly engrossing, The Master extends Paul Thomas Anderson's winning streak of challenging films for serious audiences.

David Thomson
The New Republic

It's a mess; it's pretentious; it is thundery with dismay.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The actors' commitment to their roles is impressive, but it's tethered to a weightless, airless movie, a film so enamored of itself, the audience gets shut out.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

There is so much spark here, so much to absorb, that the effect defies any picking of nits and just makes one grateful.

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Tom Charity
CNN.com

In the end it may not have the emotional uplift the Academy or a popular mainstream audience craves, but make no mistake, this is an enthralling drama about a peculiarly American restlessness, and the striving for insight and grace.

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

The Master may go down as one of Paul Thomas Anderson's most compelling works for two simple reasons: Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

A perverted sausage party in which Anderson fully indulges his obsession with male genitalia.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[A] challenging, psychologically fraught drama.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Where There Will Be Blood transmuted sullen earth into flame and launched it violently skyward, The Master is, as its opening shot advertises, a more fluid undertaking, a story of ebb and flow.

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Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

The film never lags. It is too gorgeous, too expertly acted, and above all, too well directed and written. Nearly devoid of exposition, "The Master" unfolds seamlessly and naturally.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Phoenix and Hoffman are absolutely brilliant in this long yet rewarding film that handles its subject matter with the right balance of artfulness, intelligence,… More
Chris Weber
This is once again a great example of why Paul Thomas Anderson is not only a brilliant filmmaker, but also probably the next Kubrick. Both are known for their… More
Spencer S.
With complete bias, Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the best directors of all time, and he tackles strong and completely entrancing subjects that always seem to… More
Daniel Lermenator
The Master is an intriguing film that looks at the inner workings of an eccentric cult while boasting impressive performances from Hoffman and Phoenix. The… More
familiar stranger
I was said that it's specifically an OSCAR material, and so I wasn't expecting it to be any good. But it fared relatively well. Not a masterpiece,… More
Sunny Dogra
"The Master" is a captivating, but slow-building film that will intrigue patient audiences. Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman give fantastic… More