Music-centric doc offers an undepressing look at Lou Gehrig's disease.
[Becker] comes across as a warm, funny man blessed with a devoted family and friends.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The film says frustratingly little about how everything is managed financially, but the perseverance by all concerned is beautiful to see.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jesse Vile's expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS ...
The story that remains is intriguing without being transporting - the facts are all there but the emotion is largely lost in translation.
What gets you is the smile, which first lights up his face, and then the room, reflected by everyone else who is in it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
We never sense Becker's frustration or the forces that drive him, but we can still marvel at his dogged endurance.
| Original Score: 3/5