Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet Reviews

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Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
November 16, 2013

...the "best in show" was a remarkably well-told account of a unique human being...

David Noh
Film Journal International
December 14, 2012

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

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
December 14, 2012

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

Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Top Critic
December 14, 2012

[Becker] comes across as a warm, funny man blessed with a devoted family and friends.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
Top Critic
December 13, 2012

The film says frustratingly little about how everything is managed financially, but the perseverance by all concerned is beautiful to see.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
December 11, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
Top Critic
December 11, 2012

Jesse Vile's expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS ...

Rob Salem
Toronto Star
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

What gets you is the smile, which first lights up his face, and then the room, reflected by everyone else who is in it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 22, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 18, 2012

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

Tara Brady
Irish Times
November 17, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 16, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 15, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gregory Maule
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012

A poignant subversion of your boilerplate rockumentary.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 15, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 15, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
Top Critic
November 13, 2012

We never sense Becker's frustration or the forces that drive him, but we can still marvel at his dogged endurance.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 13, 2012

An intense, emotional ride. Uplifting and inspiring.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
November 6, 2012

Jesse Vile's moving documentary can't go wrong with such an inspiring, funny and genuinely nice guy taking the spotlight he deserves.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
December 10, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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