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Master, The (15)

Master, The (15)


 A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

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The critical consensus

This may be less flamboyant than some of Anderson’s previous films but when it comes to complex, confounding drama he stands assuredly amongst the masters.

*****Emma Simmonds, The List, 16/10/2012

The Master, is another sweeping perambulation, a boldly ambitious piece of filmmaking that is brilliantly acted, weirdly compelling and chewier than octopus jerky.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 28/10/2012

There's so much to adore here.

*****Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 29/10/2012

Confounding and intoxicating. A technically flawless work of oceanic depth that hits you in waves of emotional resonance.

*****Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 31/10/2012

The Master is a supremely confident work from a unique film-maker, just so different from the standard Hollywood output: audacious and unmissable.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 01/11/2012

I suspect it may be too odd for the Oscars, but it’s the finest American film of the year.

*****Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 01/11/2012

I never felt my admiration of Anderson flag, and The Master will perhaps in time slot neatly into his remarkable career pattern. But I have to admit that I didn't wish it a minute longer.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 01/11/2012

There will be boredom.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 02/11/2012

The Master is beautifully shot with burnished visions of post-war America and a terrific, staccato musical score from Jonny Greenwood.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 02/11/2012

An often brilliant ’50s-throwback character drama that never feels nostalgic, with terrific central performances and a luminous, unforgettable visual beauty.

*****Damon Wise, Empire Online, 02/11/2012

The Master is one of those rare films that tells us to go away and think, and dream … then, when you're ready, come back and start again.

*****Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 04/11/2012

A movie that yearns to be great, but really isn't. A movie that is so long-winded, it could graze the hem of the irredeemably prolix L Ron Hubbard himself.

Rachel Cooke, The Observer, 04/11/2012

Paul Thomas Anderson’s sort-of satire on Scientology misses the mark, with opaque, meaningless scenes passing for profundity.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 15/11/2012

Master of all he portrays, that's Anderson.

*****Alison Rowat, The Herald, 15/11/2012

While the film is ultimately about manipulating the suggestible, like Hoffman’s questionable rhetoric, the delivery’s captivating but there’s little substance to grasp.

***(*)(*)Callum Madge, TVBomb, 07/12/2012

Features about Master, The (15)

The Master: Philip Seymour Hoffman on his 'Scientology' movie

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 23/10/2012

Paul Thomas Anderson: The Master, Scientology adn flawed fathers

Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 25/10/2012

Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'You're not going to watch The Master and find a lot out about Scientology'

James Mottram, The Independent on Sunday, 28/10/2012

Crest of a Wave: Paul Thomas Anderson on The Master

Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 30/10/2012

Interview: Paul Thomas Anderson on The Master, Scientology and controversy

James Mottram, The List, 01/11/2012

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Interview

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 31/10/2012

Masterclass from Phoenix as an Oscar beckons

James Mottram, The Herald, 15/11/2012

Where and when?

Dominion, Edinburgh from Friday November 2, 2012, until Thursday December 20, 2012. More info:

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