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Better Than Something: Jay Reatard Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Intimacy doesn't completely give rise to insight in this loving, if largely for-fans-only, posthumous portrait of Memphis-bred punk rocker Jay Reatard.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 26, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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[The directors] cede narrative structure to their interview subjects, which may fulfill some goal of objectivity but cheats the viewer of depth or a clear point of view.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 1, 2012
Jeff Albertson
Seattle Times
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A fascinating and bittersweet documentary about an iconic garage-rock musician who died at the peak of his creative output.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2012
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

It's evident that he would have evolved as a musician and a man, and this tight and candid film makes you regret that he no longer can.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

March 1, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An intimate if drive-by quasi-portrait of the artist in mostly his own self-deprecating, wryly humorous and sometimes painfully revealing words...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2012
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Like the longhair with the foghorn falsetto it's titled after, this unfussy rock-doc profile is shaggy, sophisticated, and more than a little sad.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 28, 2012
Eddie Cockrell
Variety
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Better Than Something: Jay Reatard offers an uncommonly intimate portrait of the prolific garage-punk phenom who died of a drug/alcohol cocktail in 2010.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 12, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club

Better Than Something doesn't really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

March 1, 2012

New York Magazine
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Lindsey himself makes for a fairly outgoing interview subject, but the real attraction here is the dedication and care shown for him and his memory by the close-knit community of Memphis musicians and fans.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

October 12, 2012
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