TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU (South by Southwest Film Festival Austin Texas USA 2016)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.6|5.0 Starsìì

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
makes one think ‘Nor would I want you to be my guru’. The film does his work no favors. The noise, lights, music, and flash and dash showmanship deliberately contrived to raise audience emotion makes one wonder what happens to those people seeking help when the lights go out? While each member of the audience has a substantial monetary investment in Tony Robbins, one wonders what investment does Tony Robbins have in them? The title of this film sadly answers that question. The value in watching this film is to become wise about spending your money and understand that problems are solved best the old fashioned way with hard work, perseverance, and common sense. Casino lights and music and close encounters with charismatic personalities will more likely relieve one of serious monetary resources rather than help one. In this film, Tony Robbins comes off as loud, brash, more self-focused than other focused, with a definite design to plan a profitable show rather than to truly help people. It was sad to see a woman call a boyfriend in the emotion of the moment and break off a relationship. These kinds of decisions must be thought through carefully as they impact life long-term. It was disturbing to see Tony Robbins urging her to make that call based upon his charismatic appeal.

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This is a documentary about Tony Robbins and his techniques of how to help people live better lives.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Joe Berlinger for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Jon Kamen, Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Dave O’Connor, and Justin Wilkes for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Herself (Sage Bonnie Humphrey), Himself (Anthony Robbins), and Herself (Dawn Watson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The best value in watching this film is the objective learning exercise it provides.

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