Rated R · 136 minutes · 2012
Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie, a troubled veteran who returns from a World War II stint with the Navy a little messed up in the head. He’s having trouble finding his place in the world, and he’s prone to major mood swings and violence. His relationships and jobs aren’t working out, and his drinking is getting him in a lot of trouble. He winds up as a stowaway on a luxury yacht, where he meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), leader of The Cause, a cult-like movement with more than a few similarities to Scientology. The two wind up strangely dependent on one another as they battle different demons. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), the film features great performances, but it has a vibe of “been there, done that.” It’s worth seeing for Phoenix and Hoffman, but it’s not one of Anderson’s best.


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Official Site: www.themasterfilm.com
Director: Paul Anderson
Producer: Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Paul Anderson, Megan Ellison, Adam Somner and Ted Schipper
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern and Jesse Plemons

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Chicago Reader Big boss man Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is a thinly veiled story of L. Ron Hubbard by J.R. Jones 09/19/2012
Creative Loafing Charlotte The Master: Testing viewer faith Rating: **1/2 by Matt Brunson 09/21/2012
Colorado Springs Independent I will follow: The Master It's profoundly compassionate toward the animal always at war with our fragile grasping at a better, more connected humanity. by Scott Renshaw 09/19/2012
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Memphis Flyer Two-Man Game Great acting and visuals prop up an elusive story in The Master. by Chris Herrington 09/20/2012
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