No God, No Master
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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 (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 20's 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. (C) Monterey Media

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
"A series of issue-driven snapshots instead of something genuinely illuminating."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Nobody in No God, No Master actually utters the phrase "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it," but that sentiment is the subtext of nearly every line of dialogue in this historical drama about the Palmer Raids."
‑ Kenneth R. Morefield, Christianity Today
"Although marred by a weak script and an obtrusive film score, this film is saved by its theme, namely the Palmer Raids of 1919 that was a precursor to the abuse of democratic rights happening right now."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Strathairn delivers even canned lines like they're fresh from the vine, and Ray Wise, as one of two characters without an accent, is again brilliant at being the most duplicitous man you can't beat with common sense or a stick."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Movies With Butter
"[A] fairly engrossing historical drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Interesting politics done in by so-so filmmaking."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Great history and plenty of bombs and explosions but lacking the glitz to be a great crime thriller."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, It's Just Movies
"[No God, No Master is] ambitious in a way that more expensive films are rarely allowed to be anymore, illuminating a fascinating, underexplored era of American history [...]"
‑ Chris Klimek, The Dissolve
"A film that probably should have been called "No Ambien? No Problem!""
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Green is both a capable filmmaker and a clear history buff."
‑ Danny King, Village Voice
""No God, No Master" is at its best when it sticks with Straithairn, who brings an added humanity to a role designed to celebrate the value of that very trait."
‑ Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"With this suppressed US history of rebellion, anarchism, the Palmer raids and the IWW resurrected at the movies, this moral thriller gets points for just existing. Even if somewhat a reticent victim itself of the government intimidation it indicts here."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
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