Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Russell Crowe's rough charm is put to good use in this masterful adaptation of Patrick O'Brian's novel.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Thanks in no small measure to Perfect Storm designer William Sandell, this handsomely mounted actioner exudes the authentic tang of salt, sweat and gunpowder.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Intense battle scenes and a strong story of friendship.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

A gentleman's action movie.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

If this is the stuff that rings the bell on your macho meter, go with my blessing.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

A plain old good movie.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
Interesting to see how naval battles were fought in the early 1800's. If only they knew then what we know now. To the chagrin of some of his senior crew,… More
Alice Shen
I dunno...maybe it's cuz for the last two years, I was conditioned to hate Russell Crowe, or maybe it's cuz the future of a relationship hinges upon… More
Alex roy
Master and Commander based on the Aubrey/Maturin novels by historical author Patrick O'Brian is, unfortunately a mediocre film that doesn't quite cut… More
Jim Careter
A great film, wiyh cool action scenes, and great acting. But just doesn't have that certain spark to be perfect
Chris Weber
2003 was an interesting year for nautical films. A revival of sorts almost happened, but not quite. In that year there was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse… More
Anthony Lawrie
Master and Commander for me was the return of the Peter Weir I love. The last Weir film I really liked was The Mosquito Coast made back in 1986. Master &… More

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