Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Director Peter Weir's first turn behind the camera since 1998's critically acclaimed The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is based on two Napoleonic War-era adventure novels in author Patrick… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 14, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Russell Crowe's rough charm is put to good use in this masterful adaptation of Patrick O'Brian's novel.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Thanks in no small measure to Perfect Storm designer William Sandell, this handsomely mounted actioner exudes the authentic tang of salt, sweat and gunpowder.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

To put it plainly, two ships playing tag across the seas is no longer my idea of whoopee, especially at a time when grown-ups are popping up all over the screen with uncensored stories of the eternal affinities and all their variations.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

Crowe and director Peter Weir have thrown the cliche overboard and replaced them with great storytelling. Run -- don't walk. I liked it so much i wanted to enlist.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

It never achieves the visual elegance or majesty that a David Lean might have provided. The story line isn't the freshest. And yet the film is satisfying all the same.

Stephanie Zacharek

A gentleman's action movie.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

an exciting film

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

If this is the stuff that rings the bell on your macho meter, go with my blessing.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

A plain old good movie.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

So much fun to watch that the fact it's also quite ingenious and crafty can be surprisingly difficult to notice.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The fictional epic sea yarns of Captain Jack Aubrey during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800's. This movie is an adaptation of a series of sea naval… More
Chris Weber
2003 was an interesting year for nautical films. A revival of sorts almost happened, but not quite. In that year there was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse… More
Red Lats
Interesting to see how naval battles were fought in the early 1800's. If only they knew then what we know now. To the chagrin of some of his senior crew,… More
Alice Shen
I dunno...maybe it's cuz for the last two years, I was conditioned to hate Russell Crowe, or maybe it's cuz the future of a relationship hinges upon… More
Alex roy
Master and Commander based on the Aubrey/Maturin novels by historical author Patrick O'Brian is, unfortunately a mediocre film that doesn't quite cut… More
Jim Careter
A great film, wiyh cool action scenes, and great acting. But just doesn't have that certain spark to be perfect