A Master Builder


Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 15, 2014
    The film adheres closely to a well-reviewed theater production cocreated by and starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, both of whom get to riff on their prickly "My Dinner with Andre" rapport.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jul 24, 2014
    A Master Builder really doesn’t work, hampered by odd casting, theatrical performances and a reductive interpretation of Ibsen’s play.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Jul 24, 2014
    The adaptation lacks a strong enough sense of modulated construction, making for a tedious sit. One of the biggest problems, though, is the performances.

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