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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 he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). -- (C) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a mess; it's pretentious; it is thundery with dismay."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"There is so much spark here, so much to absorb, that the effect defies any picking of nits and just makes one grateful."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"THE MASTER is challenging, perplexing, at times infuriating - and always thoughtful. Indelible. And always, always beautiful."
‑ Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
"Despite sumptuous cinematography and sublime acting, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film ultimately feels a touch pointless."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"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."
‑ Tom Charity,
"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."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"A perverted sausage party in which Anderson fully indulges his obsession with male genitalia."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"by itself, gives lie to the idea that Americans don't make great, nuanced, complicated films. It's sublime."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"There is not too much by way of extras in the new Blu-ray release of the under appreciated film, "The Master," but what is there is excellent."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"[A] challenging, psychologically fraught drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"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."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
"Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is a challenging film, like most of his work. One that evokes a spellbinding performance out of Joaquin Phoenix."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"Admirável ao permitir que o filme desenvolva seus temas e personagens ao seguir em direções frequentemente inesperadas, Anderson continua a demonstrar seu talento como cineasta tanto pela maturidade de seus temas quanto por seu preciosismo estético."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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