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Master (2022)

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Critic Consensus: It can be didactic rather than truly suspenseful, but Master is an impressively well-crafted horror outing with a lot on its mind.

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In writer-director Mariama Diallo's debut feature, Master, three women strive to find their place at a prestigious New England university whose frosty elitism may disguise something more sinister. Professor Gail Bishop (Regina Hall) has recently been promoted to "Master" of a residence hall, the first time at storied Ancaster College that a Black woman has held the post. Determined to breathe new life into a centuries-old tradition, Gail soon finds herself wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of Jasmine Moore (Zoe Renee), an energetic and optimistic Black freshman. Jasmine's time at Ancaster hits a snag early on when she's assigned a dorm room that is rumored to be haunted. Things get worse when Jasmine clashes in the classroom with Liv Beckman (Amber Gray), a professor in the middle of her own racially charged tenure review. As Gail tries to maintain order and fulfill the duties of a Master, the cracks begin to show in Ancaster's once-immaculate facade. After a career spent fighting to make it into Ancaster's inner circle, Gail is confronted with the horrifying prospect of what lies beneath, her question ultimately becoming not whether the school is haunted, but by whom.

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Critic Reviews for Master

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15)

If you're going to mess with the horror movie genre recipe you have to do it with better ingredients. Diallo does not.

February 1, 2022 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A filmmaker clearly proficient in both visual and psychological facets of horror, Diallo is a fearless new talent to watch.

February 1, 2022 | Full Review…

This is a smart, meaningful first film, with nods all over the place to classics like The Shining and Rosemary's Baby, as well as more recent obvious touch points like Get Out. It's not all subtle, but then neither is prejudice.

January 31, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film will draw comparisons to Get Out for its exploration of race and privilege in an apparently progressive arena, but it's an impressively ambitious work in its own right, anchored by a sterling turn from Regina Hall.

January 27, 2022 | Full Review…

A riveting genre experiment.

January 27, 2022 | Full Review…

[A] creepy, accomplished, never-less-than-memorable feature debut, both an indictment of racist institutions and a horror movie in the vein of Get Out and Candyman.

January 24, 2022 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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