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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Director Peter Weir's first turn behind the camera since 1998's critically acclaimed The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is based on two Napoleonic War-era adventure novels in author Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World. Russell Crowe stars as Captain Jack Aubrey, a high-seas adventurer who maintains a strong bond with ship-surgeon Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany). After conquering much of Europe already, Napoleon's forces have set their sights on taking Britain, so Aubrey and the crew of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thanks in no small measure to Perfect Storm designer William Sandell, this handsomely mounted actioner exudes the authentic tang of salt, sweat and gunpowder."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"To put it plainly, two ships playing tag across the seas is no longer my idea of whoopee, especially at a time when grown-ups are popping up all over the screen with uncensored stories of the eternal affinities and all their variations."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Intense battle scenes and a strong story of friendship."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A stupendous production, Master and Commander satisfies as richly as a book might, immersing us in a world of its people and its places."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Too closely cropped to allow for the expansive feel of an oceanic epic, and fails to develop any meaningful relationships among its characters."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"It never achieves the visual elegance or majesty that a David Lean might have provided. The story line isn't the freshest. And yet the film is satisfying all the same."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A gentleman's action movie."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Peter Weir makes the Surprise a world to explore, not a splashy CGI simulation. Like a human body, the boat stays afloat through complex processes. A knockout mix of organic elegance, reflective drama and aggressive action on par with Sir David Lean."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"It's an undeniably square, throwback movie, but there's no major crime in making 'em like they used to, and doing it this elegantly."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Through its emphasis on characters and not merely action, Master does not let us forget that all individuals are souls with flesh and blood, not merely empty casualties of war."
‑ Angie Ward, Christianity Today
"If this is the stuff that rings the bell on your macho meter, go with my blessing."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A plain old good movie."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"an expansive cinematic achievement that sits well against such adventure classics as Lawrence of Arabia, and is a sure bet for fans of ocean bound drama."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A stunning technical achievement."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"An enjoyable nautical adventure that gives us hope that Peter Weir can still make impressive movies."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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