TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU (Joe Berlinger, U.S.). 115 minutes. Rating: NNNN
Square-jawed motivational speaker Tony Robbins gives his week-long Date With Destiny seminar once a year, and people from around the world pay $5,000 to bask in his wisdom and maybe experience a breakthrough.
Paradise Lost director Joe Berlinger and his crew are the first cameras allowed to film the event, and they capture both the intimidating fist-pumping energy of the crowd and the painful, life-changing truths that the people are asked to confront. Bring tissues; some revelations will devastate you.
Berlinger has lots of access to Robbins himself – at home, exercising, prepping in his Town Car – and the man seems open, spontaneous and completely authentic. He’s got nothing to hide, and neither does his wife, Bonnie-Pearl, who’s obviously still in love.
The least sincere scenes come from the cheesy music piped in by the organizers to underscore certain moments. But that’s not Tony’s fault.