Authorities release a near-legendary musician (Bob Dylan) from prison to perform during a televised benefit concert.
" A fascinating, vexing, indulgent, visionary, pretentious, mesmerizing pop culture curio. "
" The music is great. Dylan and his band do a half-dozen songs that crackle with energy. "
" A fascinating mess. "
" A strong contender for the worst movie of the century. "
" A vanity production beyond all reason. "
" A willful mess made interesting by the talent that it attracted. "
" Absolutely no saving graces here. "
" Dylan seems content to just recycle his old ideas. "
" Far from the greatest story ever told. "
" If Seinfeld is the late sitcom about nothing, M&A is the feature about something. It's just that some of us out here in the hinterland can't figure out what it is. "
" Less the product of a '60s icon than a sixtyish crank, it tediously commutes between anger and inanity -- and whatever answers it pretends to offer aren't blowing in the wind, but merely carried along by a lot of hot air. "
" Masked and Anonymous is the rare movie that improves with repeated viewings, but is almost unendurable to sit through just once. "
" The film is a train wreck, and an overbearing train wreck at that. "
" The movie qualifies as a catastrophic mess, a chaotic celebration of Dylan's mysterious image as singer, artist and (judging by this movie) near-catatonic. "
" The results are heavy-handed and oppressive in the way that vanity projects and bloated collective theatre experiments often are. "
" 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. "
" This tarted-up mishmash of loopy ideology and pining for the old days makes you happy the 1960s are over. "
" Void of inflection, Dylan doesn't act, but stands and looks uneasy in whatever space the camera is pointing. The deadness in his eyes stops the movie cold. "
" Would have been much better if the makers had included more music, shot their actors with Ingmar Bergman close-up minimalism and made something looser, simpler and wilder. "
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