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: September 14, 2012
DVD 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.

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

...the first hour or so of the movie constitutes the finest filmmaking of Anderson's career-go-for-broke virtuoso use of cinema as a medium.

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Tom Charity

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.

Sarah Marrs
Lainey Gossip

It is, without doubt, one of the best films you'll see this year. (Probably, this decade.) Maybe even the best.

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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

At least the performances, specifically from Phoenix and Hoffman, kept you engaged enough to want to finish the rest of the movie.

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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
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