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Died Young, Stayed Pretty

Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 12

It's a little scattershot, but Died Young, Stayed Pretty offers an entertaining, visually appealing look at the indie-rock poster art subculture.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

It's a little scattershot, but Died Young, Stayed Pretty offers an entertaining, visually appealing look at the indie-rock poster art subculture.

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Every rock band, from the most famous stadium-level superstars to the lowly beginners hobbling from one basement gig to the next in a rusty van, needs to let their fans know when and where they'll be playing, and since the late 1960's rock posters have gone from utilitarian advertising fliers to legitimate works of art. Since punk rock changed the rules of visual style in rock music and the rise of indie rock made irony and cultural appropriation key parts of the hipster lexicon, the style of

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Whenever the quaint, binary idea of a scrappy counterculture vs. The Man overshadows the personalities, craft, and musical context, the movie's an Adbusters bore.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Eileen Yaghoobian's documentary presents a lot of good art and entertaining personalities in a package that's diverting on a moment-to-moment basis, but lacks any organizing principal or precise point to make the whole cohere.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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It soon becomes apparent that there's no real structure or point of view to it all.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The poster makers... mine the outer limits of violence and misogyny with a garish, pop art palette.

October 21, 2009
Detroit Free Press
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The lack of narrative direction, exploitable drama or character growth strands the film at the level of an animated picture-book accompanied by lots of gratuitous whining.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Yaghoobian proves she has a flair for the telling detail every bit as keen as her subjects'.

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Eileen Yaghoobian's fabulous debut doc is an inclusive look at the renaissance of poster art in the wake of punk and the rebirth of a defiant counterculture.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette
Montreal Gazette

This is a mildly interesting documentary that takes at face value the claims made for their art by the naive nihilists who design jagged, violent and often obscene posters for local rock groups across North America.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Concentrated in such alterna-scenes as Boston, Austin, and Seattle, this repulsive bunch [of poster artists] exude more counter-culture geek clichés than Comic Book Guy.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Died Young is an entertaining film with sharp cultural observations that even dares to examine the collective American psychoses.

January 28, 2010
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Are these cultural artifacts or just more trash littering the light posts and bulletin boards of your city? That all depends on the eye of the beholder.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's a visually stunning film, even if the subject matter isn't hugely compelling.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

What a cool, unexpected kick this film was.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Suffer the perverse undertones and this is a fitting examination of a significant yet overlooked contemporary art form.

October 21, 2009
Little White Lies

The film reminds us of a tactile, cut-and-paste subculture that's still alive and well in the internet age.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The equivalent of being trapped in the lift of an east London style magazine while the entire staff simultaneously shout their theories of civilisation at you, this documentary is that tragic thing.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A decent concept but ultimately a bit messy and unfocussed.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A worthwhile doc about an unreported arm of the alt-rock industry.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Hampered by its director's pretentious, self-advertising style. Eileen Yaghoobian lacks any journalistic sense of the basic information the audience needs in order to grasp what's happening onscreen and the film is often confusing.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Eileen Yaghoobian's indulgent, cut-and-paste documentary hangs loose (and slightly awry) with the unsung titans of the concert poster.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Weird, wacky and full of arresting promo images for bands like Arcade Fire, Teengenerate and Turbonegro.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
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