'The Master' Review: Scientology or Not, Emotionally It's Just Running on Cruise Control

It's ambitiously hitting (selected) screens in 70 millimeter and dealing with huge topics like war and religion, but for all its exquisite craftsmanship, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" lacks the narrative sweep that made "There Will Be Blood" such a work of genius.

This latest one definitely merits a look, but two viewings later, I still find myself both impressed and strangely disengaged.



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