Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Dec 5, 2012
    Greenwood has recorded an eerie yet stunning score, and if Anderson's production is just as aspiring then filmgoers are in for a real treat for the senses.
  2. Mojo
    Nov 21, 2012
    A smattering of era-appropriate scene-setting standards sit surprisingly snugly amid the bespoke symphonic esoterica--all further testament to greenwood's deep, intrinsic musicality. [Dec 2012, p.88]
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    This uneasy listening provides a masterful backdrop for Anderson's film and also makes for fascinating listening in its own right, while once again separating Greenwood from more predictable composers.
  4. Oct 31, 2012
    With rave reviews in Venice, The Master will undoubtedly earn its share of awards, and, if this soundtrack is anything to go by, it deserves to.
  5. 70
    Greenwood has delivered a score that's both haunting and beautiful, and if Anderson's film is even half as strangely inspired, we're all in for something good.
  6. The Wire
    Dec 5, 2012
    Overall, as a listening experience in itself, The Master feels like a retreat. [Nov 2012, p.59]
  7. Uncut
    Oct 31, 2012
    The period pieces--string-laden ballads by Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Forrest and Jo Stafford-provide some light relief, as does the Art Ensemble Of Chicago-style junkyard jazz of Greenwood's "Able-Bodied Seaman." [Dec 2012, p.72]

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