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Dec 19, 2012 9:34AM
One of those movies which was technically very good, and very well acted, but extremely hard to watch. I found the characters soooo unlikeable, even despicable. But, some of my emotional reaction speaks to great acting and writing. The cinematography was great. I agree with RockKee about one thing ... if I met these people in real life, I would get the hell away from them ... why did I spend $25 to meet them and spend two hours with them in a dark movie theater?
Dec 19, 2012 1:10PM
Brilliantly acted and boring as hell. 
Dec 19, 2012 9:01AM
Are you kidding?  Everyone walked out saying "WHAT IN THE HELL WAS THAT?".  Thank goodness we waited to go the $4 theatre -- as least my husband enjoyed the popcorn.
Dec 29, 2012 4:04PM
Of all the movies that I have seen this year, this one was by far the worst piece of crap I have ever seen. So boring, so pointless, I mean absolutely AWFUL!
Dec 30, 2012 12:39AM
I stayed and watched this entire movie--but only because I never give up on a movie no matter how bad it is.  However, my husband (who has a background in psychology) could not stand it, walked out, and waited in the lobby!  If you don't have a psychosis, you will have one after watching Joaquin Phoenix in this one!  Someone told me that this story is based on the early life of L. Ron Hubbard - interesting! 
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Top 10 movies of 2012

3. "The Master"

Great movies are not always ingratiating ones. There are so many ways in which "The Master," written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and boasting virtuoso, uncompromised performances from a cast led by Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, is a beautiful cinematic object. Its cinematography, by Mihai Malaimare Jr., in the large-frame 70 mm film format, is both sumptuous and unsparing in its detail. The settings, from a Navy destroyer at the end of World War II to an everything-up-to-date 1950s department store to the British church hall where the film's charismatic cult leader sets up shop, are meticulously realized. There's more of course. And yet this is a "difficult" film, because it's about difficult people. At heart, it's about the uneasy truth that all people are difficult, that rage is an all-too-human trait, and that the things we do to deal with that rage, from drinking ourselves insensate to creating a belief system that says all our traumas are rooted in past lives, can maybe scratch an itch a bit but can never really get to the bottom of the unnamable thing that's really eating at us. And that's pretty heavy ... and not ingratiating. Which isn't to say that this masterpiece is without pleasure or humor. It's got plenty of both. But its ultimate, scary power comes from the way it tries to look squarely into the eye of the thing that will not let us be. -- Glenn Kenny

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