The Master (2012)

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Movie Info & Cast


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


  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Amy Adams
  • Laura Dern
  • Jesse Plemons
  • Amy Ferguson
  • Frank Bettag
  • Leonida A. Bautista
  • Ambyr Childers

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Sep 21, 2012

The Master is above all a love story between Joaquin Phoenix's damaged WWII vet, Freddie Quell, and Philip Seymour Hoffmann's charismatic charlatan, Lancaster Dodd. And that relationship is powerful and funny and twisted and strange enough that maybe that's all the movie needs to be about.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Sep 13, 2012

Paul Thomas Anderson's remarkable sixth feature addresses, by extension, the all-too-human process of eager seekers falling under the spell of charismatic authority figures, be they gurus, dictators or cult leaders. Or, in the case of this masterly production, a couple of spellbinding actors.

Metacritic review by Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Sep 13, 2012

Anderson has taken pains to re-create the '50s with superb production design and gorgeous cinematography. But he seems less concerned with whether the audience is along for the ride. The story can leave viewers at sea, floundering to give meaning to what they are watching.

Metacritic review by Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today