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  • Summary: When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (David Strathairn) is assigned the task of finding those responsible. He becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot to destroy democracy. Based on true events of the 20s the film sets the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary war on terrorism and the role government plays to defeat it. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 10, 2014
    70
    Despite its occasional missteps, the film relates its important and sadly too-little-known story with skill and efficiency.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Apr 24, 2014
    63
    No God, No Master has an authentic period feel. But Green is focused on so many historical figures and potential storylines that the film feels rushed and, at times, confusing.
  3. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Apr 8, 2014
    60
    Green's historical diligence proves rewarding... But the movie, shot largely in Milwaukee in 2009, can still be dry.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Apr 9, 2014
    60
    It’s clunky, it’s hokey, it was clearly made on the cheap. It’s also ambitious in a way that more expensive films are rarely allowed to be anymore.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    The great David Strathairn can make any film watchable, but even he can’t save this dry dramatic thriller.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    So much blandly sweeping, speechifying history and so little personalized dramatic focus turn No God, No Master into a series of issue-driven snapshots instead of something genuinely illuminating.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    Dignified to a fault and crammed with historical worthies (like a pre-deportation Emma Goldman), this dry tour of union hall strife and kitchen table sentiment wears its sympathies proudly.