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Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn't live to see his 25th birthday. 22 years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes. Jason Becker : Not Dead Yet is a feature-length documentary film that tells the incredible story of a guitar legend who refuses to give up on his dream of being a musician despite the most incredible odds. It is a

Dec 18, 2012


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Music-centric doc offers an undepressing look at Lou Gehrig's disease.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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[Becker] comes across as a warm, funny man blessed with a devoted family and friends.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The film says frustratingly little about how everything is managed financially, but the perseverance by all concerned is beautiful to see.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Jesse Vile's inspiring heartbreaker of a documentary is cleaved into two well-judged halves: We see Becker continuing on, robbed of speech and movement, yet undiminshed in his musical creativity.

December 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Jesse Vile's expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS ...

December 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The story that remains is intriguing without being transporting - the facts are all there but the emotion is largely lost in translation.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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...the "best in show" was a remarkably well-told account of a unique human being...

November 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

There are survivor tales, and then there is Jason Becker's, utterly jaw-dropping in its inspiration.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Jesse Vile's film, despite its best intentions, is merely a serviceable extension of his own fandom.

December 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Rivals Julian Schnabel's 2007 film The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly in its portrayal of human courage and fortitude.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Becker's story is both tragic and inspiring, and his music, with which I was previously unacquainted, is exciting and impressive.

November 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet pays hearty tribute to Paganini-playing shredders and offers up a blueprint for dedicated care in the home and community.

November 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

This humdrum documentary about Becker's life and work is content to wallow in feel-good platitudes and never really shows us what makes the man tick.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It is impossible not to be moved and to feel that, despite all the horrible things that happen, there's something decent about humans after all.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

We get lots of widdly, widdly solos that thankfully went out of fashion in the Eighties.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

A moving, funny and uplifting documentary about a one-time guitar prodigy, Jason Becker, struck down a horrendous degenerative disease, ALS.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A poignant subversion of your boilerplate rockumentary.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Justifiably celebratory and respectful, and it reaches out beyond the rock fanbase.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The true tale of a rock guitar wizard struck down, yet miraculously not struck dumb, by motor neurone disease.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is a terrific documentary about virtuoso guitar player Jason Becker who had his career dramatically cut short by Lou Gehrig's disease. The odds were against him as he was given a short time to survive and he would never write music again. But that was not to be. He did indeed survive and with the help of software that follows the movement of his eyes, he still writes music. This documentary is really inspiring and eye opening experience. I've been playing the guitar since Iwas17 and was born with Cerebral Palsy, and seeing this film really made me realize how much Jason Becker is a man who overcame his ALS to write music again. As a guitarist, Jason Becker had great skills and was on par with the greats like Eddie Van Halen. This is a must see documentary that shouldn't just be seen as a "music" documentary and should also be seen as story of triumph over the impossible. Guitar players should enjoy this film, but anyone looking for a real and inspiring documentary should give this a shot. Just because it's about a musician, it shouldn't turn you off of wanting to see this one. This is truly an eye opening documentary that is well told and has terrific interviews with the people who know Jason Becker as well as his family. In terms of a documentary, this is one of the best that I have seen in quite some time and tells a really human story and overall a very important one. This documentary may actually help inspire people accomplish something and never give up in their goals. That is what I got out of this film and is the most important thing you can take away from it as well.
February 10, 2013
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