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  • Summary: A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying everyone around him wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 90
    Gregory and Demme have turned A Master Builder into (pardon my invoking the name of a Strindberg work) a dream play, and have made it once more madly, bitingly, chillingly alive.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 22, 2014
    Demme, following in the footsteps of the late Louis Malle, takes a spare, direct approach to the material -- his economy pays off in quiet eloquence.
  3. Reviewed by: Hedy Weiss
    Aug 8, 2014
    The cast is uniformly superb. But it is the palpable erotic tension between Solness and the mysterious, bewitchingly nubile Hilde (who he may have sexually abused or at least titillated a decade earlier) that drives the film.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 23, 2014
    Demme barely even makes an effort, shooting mostly in bland close-ups with the occasional zoom for completely random emphasis. Nor does A Master Builder have any meta-element—it’s like "Vanya On 42nd Street" without 42nd Street.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 22, 2014
    Shawn’s adaptation mostly follows Ibsen’s original text, which is what keeps A Master Builder on the level of a well-meaning but only intermittently electrifying exercise.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 22, 2014
    As both an actor and a playwright, Wallace Shawn, at his most audacious, goes for the jugular, but in sneaky roundabout ways.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 23, 2014
    The film is full of baffling choices, like the EKG machine that beeps for the first 40 minutes, so loud and so maddening that the great words barely register. Mumblecore is not a good look for Ibsen.

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