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It's About You (2012)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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It's About You is a new musical documentary that offers a rare and intimate look at the life and music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp. The film premiered at this year's SXSW festival and follows Mellencamp on his summer 2009 concert tour and during the recording of his most recent album, 2010's universally acclaimed No Better Than This, the sessions for which took place at American musical and historical landmarks, including Sun Studios in Memphis and the First African Baptist


Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary


Kurt Markus

Jun 4, 2012

Independent Pictures

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Throughout it all, Markus and his son capture the poetic melancholy of a mostly rural America with an eloquence that recalls the photographs of Robert Frank.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Ultimately, Kurt Markus, whose low-key narration punctuates the journey, seems to have learned as much about himself as about his titular subject - while enjoyably enlightening viewers about both.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This is a singularly amateurish and unrevealing documentary, shot on grainy Super 8 film from an all-too-respectful distance.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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"It's About You" is an odd and touching little film. I'm glad I stuck it out.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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If opportunities arise to explore Mellencamp's process or personality, the Markuses pass.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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It's About You's sound is relatively clean and dynamic, but there's nothing remotely resembling a narrative here.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Supplements concerts and recording. . .of Mellencamp's working-class, heartland music . .by making keen observations. . .like Studs Terkel looking at the decline of America.

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The result is a kind of homespun video scrapbook, bumpy seams and glue splotches and all; it's flawed, but at least it feels handmade and human.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Movieline

A striking musical documentary about rock singer and songwriter John Mellencamp and the changes overtaking this musical genre and the heartland of America.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A movie so in love with atmospherics and self-examination that it completely loses track of its subject.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

While there aren't many films shot on Super 8 anymore, It's About You doesn't make the case that moviegoing is missing anything because of that.

January 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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