Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet Reviews

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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
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
November 16, 2012
We get lots of widdly, widdly solos that thankfully went out of fashion in the Eighties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 7, 2012
The story that remains is intriguing without being transporting - the facts are all there but the emotion is largely lost in translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gregory Maule
Little White Lies
November 15, 2012
A poignant subversion of your boilerplate rockumentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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
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
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
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
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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
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
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
December 11, 2012
Jesse Vile's expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS ...
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
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
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
December 14, 2012
Music-centric doc offers an undepressing look at Lou Gehrig's disease.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
November 16, 2013
...the "best in show" was a remarkably well-told account of a unique human being...
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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
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.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 13, 2012
An intense, emotional ride. Uplifting and inspiring.
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
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