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Master, The (2012) Movie Information

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1820

Avg. Rating:

2.83/4

# of Ratings:

76

Genres:

Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

09/21/2012

DVD Release:

02/26/2013

Director:

Paul Thomas Anderson

Actors:

Joaquin Phoenix
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Amy Adams
Laura Dern
Rami Malek
Lena Endre

 

 

 

 

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In the 1950s an intelligent, charming man known as "the Master" begins a faith-based organization that soon sweeps across America. A young drifter falls in with him and soon finds himself as his right-hand man. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 12/27/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

People and critics love this movie but to me it was a slow movie but not in a Bad way.

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Gabe 07/16/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2/4 

What a disappointing film. It's supposed to be about Scientology, and I get that legally, they couldn't use that term, but, I did not get that sense at all. The acting was powerful, but Phoenix and Hoffman are always great. I'm beginning to think that Anderson is getting too full of himself. He really hasn't made a great film since Boogie Nights, yes I'm including There Will Be Blood in that statement. Hoffman was nothing like L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, then again, maybe this film wasn't about that topic at all. But nevertheless, i didn't care for it, which is too bad because I had very high expectations for it.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Just another terrific piece of filmmaking from Paul Thomas Anderson. Not a film that's to be liked as much as it is one simply to be experienced.

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  Leslie
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02/09/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

PSH is The Master!

What I felt this film captured best, was how an extremely charismatic person can construct a family oriented environment, and attract people who are looking to fill a familial void. Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the consummate patriarch and champion of “The Cause,” seducing Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) with his philosophical teachings. Lancaster is a father, brother, and messiah to Freddie, a wandering WWII Veteran with no wife or children.

As part of the movement, Freddie can marry and have a family of his own. With the promise of a new life, Freddie is totally devoted to Lancaster. But even this is not enough to placate the angst that Freddie constantly endures over his past lover Doris Solstad (Madisen Beaty), and a restless spirit he’s inherited from the traum...

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3.5/4 

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  memento_mori
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08/31/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A MASTERful work of art.

A very enigmatic film, most people don't know how to feel about The Master. I am a huge PTA fan myself, and films such as Magnolia and There Will Be Blood have greatly inspired and influenced me.
The Master took me totally by surprise. This is a gorgeous, poetic and serene film, that has been completely overlooked by the Academy.

Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman were robbed of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor this year. Two awe-inspiring performances; these two men talking in a scene felt like magic.
Paul Thomas Anderson's direction is mesmerizing. There is not a single shot or frame in this film that seems out of place, it is crafted and polished to perfection, possibly the best looking movie of 2012 (yes, surpassing The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises).

The scri...

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4/4 

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  Looneymanthegreat
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03/06/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Master is Brilliant

The Master is my favorite film of 2012 (Beasts of the Southern wild comes in at a close second,) so there you go. I’m personally really sad that this movie hasn’t got that much recognition. It got a lot of hype as an Oscar contender when it was first released, but was soon forgotten, why? Why did everyone forget about this brilliant film? I personally loved it.

The movie is about a disturbed man who falls in with a religious cult and his relationship with the leader of said cult. I’m a huge Paul Thomas Anderson fan, and honestly think that he’s the best filmmaker working today, and while the master isn’t his best it’s one of his better films.

The acting is wonderful, that goes without saying, but the film itself is haunting, it lingers on the mind. The way The Master weaves a ...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Snoogans
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I think the movie is solely a piece about the main character Freddie and also his relationship with Dodd.  I found the best scenes in the film are the ones that they share together, just the two of them.  Freddie does go through some sort of psychological progression, but I never understood where he ended up.  I didn't feel that I was with him on his journey to better himself, but rather watching it from a distance and trying to study it.  To me, the final scene is ambiguous, but not for the right reasons.  I'd rather the film ended with Freddie and Dodd's last scene.  That would've left more to ponder.
10/13/2012
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  Chris Kavan
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For anyone who has seen this, I would be interested on what you thought the overall message of this movie was about. My ideas are summed up in my review - but I'm interested to see how other people saw things through their point of view.
10/09/2012
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  Chris Kavan
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Even amongst the indie circuit or film fest circuit or whatever you want to call it, Hyde Park on the Hudson has been getting decidedly mixed reactions. But it's the exact kind of movie that Oscar loves - I expect nominations but the split amongst critic will probably not lead to wins.
09/25/2012
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Hyde Park on the Hudson looks like it could be not good. Similar to my week with M, right? I mean it was OK but disappointing on what it could have been.
09/25/2012
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  Chris Kavan
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Let's see: historical/biographical drama featuring a president and royalty - well-respected actors - British people... I'm guessing this will probably make an appearance as well, though these kind of films always leave me a little cold - even if it looks like this one involves at least some humor.
09/25/2012
10:51 am CT

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