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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Peter Weir

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About the Movie

Captain “Lucky” Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) is a renowned fighting captain in the British Navy. But when his ship, the Surprise, is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy, Aubrey is torn between duty and friendship as he pursues a high-stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture his foe. With a badly damaged ship and an injured crew, this mission can save his reputation, or destroy them all. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 211
  • Fresh: 179
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A plain old good movie. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A gentleman's action movie. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The film contains brilliantly crafted scenes and shots that are as compelling as anything seen onscreen this year, but there are also dull stretches in which the movie seems lightweight -- never in its execution but in its conception. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 15, 2004

Rotten: 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, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great classic action film

If you don't like this movie then you must have had a bad childhood - because it is a perfectly executed film of the books we all loved to run away with as kids. Adventure, friendship, danger, the high seas, exotic locales, it is all there and more! Crowe is fantastic and so is the whole cast, right down to the littlest character with the smallest part. The little kid action story in a grown-up version. The friendship between the two main characters is the best part of the movie, for me. This is action with depth. It is hard to get everything right with such a big picture, long movie, so many stars, etc. but they got everything just perfectly! And the music is superb, too! I have long been a fan of PETER WEIR and he has really done a splendid job with this film - once again. Please, sir, may we have some more?

A superb tribute to Patrick O'Brian

He would have loved the way Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany portray his two main characters Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The special effects and sense of immersion are first rate. I cannot praise this movie enough. It is one of my all time favorites and I wholeheartedly recommend it. If you have never read Patrick O’Brian’s books you are missing a rare treat, they make Horatio Hornblower, Richard Bolitho and their ilk look like two dimensional non characters and Peter Weir has done a fine job of bringing the crew of HMS Surprise to the screen. 'The lesser of two weevils' brings a smile to my face every time I see it....pure Patrick O'Brian humour.

Masterful and Commanding

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD a surpurb tale of battle on the high seas. Rather than stuffing itself with mind blowing action pieces, MASTER AND COMMANDER serves better as a thoughtful adventure tale, more gritty than artful. Russel Crowe pulls off yet another brilliant performance as Capt. "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, a man who relies on his brains rather than brawn to get him out of a difficult situation. Time and again, he must choose between the "lesser of two weavls" and we, alternately as the sea's moods, revel in his victories and moan in his defeats. In the end, MASTER AND COMMANDER can be compared to Capt. Aubrey: Steadfast, gritty when he has to be, thoughtful, adventuresome, and darn good. CONTENT: Gritty war time violence involving ships and sailers, including some disturbing but not especially graphic surgery scenes (including an amputation of a child's arm) and a disturbing suicide; some rough language and profanity, including an instance of the "f bomb"; some mild improper dialog. WHO: Older teens and up.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2003

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