"...To see Crowe as Capt. Jack Aubrey in MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD is to see a consummate performer doing what he does best..."
Los Angeles Times
"...The battle sequences are filmed with impressive coherence and rigor..."New York Times
"...[A] masterful and commanding film....A story in full billow..."
"...A rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world..."
"[I]t's the film's thoughtful use of naturalism as metaphor and plot device that gives MASTER AND COMMANDER a sense of Tom Stoppard-like, upscale intelligence."
Sight and Sound
"[T]his is a plain old good movie.it ought to find fans among the young and the old and both genders."USA Today
"[A]n intelligent movie about men tested by the sea. Director Peter Weir mounts an impressive production..."Chicago Sun-Times
"[I]t's a wonderfully vivid journey to a distant time and place."
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"The detailed depiction of shipboard life is total and overwhelming."
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's all about sweeping views of 1700s battleships, tropical islands speckled across the horizon and weather-beaten shots of Russell Crowe."Ultimate DVD