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Masked And Anonymous (2003)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 60

Unintelligible and self-indulgent Bob Dylan vehicle.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 26

Unintelligible and self-indulgent Bob Dylan vehicle.



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Enigmatic rock legend Bob Dylan stars as an enigmatic rock legend (talk about a casting coup!) in this purposefully eccentric satiric comedy. Uncle Sweetheart (John Goodman) is an unscrupulous concert promoter who has figured out a way to cash in on the feelings of doubt and uncertainty that plague his nation, which is being torn apart by civil war and political revolution. Sweetheart has decided he will stage a massive benefit concert, though the unnamed charity would appear to be his checking

Feb 17, 2004


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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (60) | DVD (12)

A strong contender for the worst movie of the century.

November 9, 2003
New York Post
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Far from the greatest story ever told.

October 3, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Absolutely no saving graces here.

October 3, 2003
Arizona Republic
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A fascinating mess.

September 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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The stellar but misguided cast ... is simply painful to watch as the doomed vehicle it's trapped in comes whistling toward a fiery crash landing.

September 5, 2003
Washington Post
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A fascinating, vexing, indulgent, visionary, pretentious, mesmerizing pop culture curio.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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An ego-maniacal and purely vain ode to Dylan who attempts to make himself larger than life amidst these cameos of great actors.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Only the scenes of Dylan on stage really hold the attention.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine as a collection of moments, mortared together with some stirring music, both from Dylan and his band and from others on the soundtrack.

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Above all, it's an exercise in cryptic Dylan self-mythology.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The great neglected movie of 2003, a rambunctious, provocative, genre-defying, and constantly surprising experiment.

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

A willful mess made interesting by the talent that it attracted.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Watching the film is like listening to Art Bell babble about UFOs -- it seems always on the verge of making a point but never gets there.

November 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The music was fine, the film wasn't.

October 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Just because the movie is largely unintelligible doesn't make it unwatchable, though sometimes it's artful in the same way a train wreck can be graceful.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

A nonsensical vanity project for singer Bob Dylan that wastes the talents of a lot of folks who should have known better.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

With Sixties vigor and carefree looseness, the legendary musician and poet has given us a late-career "Purple Rain" that turns out to be a great bad movie.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source:

The idea of a movie where Dylan essentially plays himself sounds kind of promising. Maybe someday that movie will get made. It's not this one.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Could just as well be titled 'Masters of War' or 'Tombstone Blues' or 'Everything Is Broken.' At every cut in the action, you expect a gray flannel dwarf to scream...

October 1, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's the sort of nonsense that's intriguing for about 15 minutes, simply because its incoherence approaches a surreal level. But then the novelty wears off, and it settles into being the worst thing a movie can be: boring.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source:

A more maddening, incoherent, frustrating film you're not likely to see.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian

How much you end up liking the film probably relates to how much you sympathize with Dylan or Dylan-like characters.

September 11, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Masked And Anonymous

Another movie that not many people seem to have heard of or seen. A low budget one week wonder shot by the BBC with a charitable cast that reportedly worked for free, I can guarantee that you have never seen a movie quite like this one. Bordering on a metaphorical bio-pic of my hero Bob Dyaln (Jack Fate) and hovering above the apocalyptic backdrop of a war torn (supposedly third world) country, Masked and Anonymous analyses the true nature of human behaviour. Starring Mickey Rourke, Jeff Bridges, Bob Dylan, Ed Harris, Luke Wilson, Val Kilmer and John Goodman just to name a few, this film is disturbing real and aside from Bob singing through out, sometimes in English and sometimes in Spanish, this movie is acceptionally memorable and deserving of praise that it rarely receives.
January 20, 2011
Unknown Hobo

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Strange, allegorical film about the state of politics in America... I think. Almost defies review.
February 21, 2007
Steve B.

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