It's About You Reviews

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
January 1, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
January 3, 2012
An amateurish travelogue that feels like a botched assignment, halfheartedly self-regarding and resentfully remote from the object of our fascination.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 6, 2012
This is a singularly amateurish and unrevealing documentary, shot on grainy Super 8 film from an all-too-respectful distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
January 3, 2012
A movie so in love with atmospherics and self-examination that it completely loses track of its subject.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 5, 2012
It's About You's sound is relatively clean and dynamic, but there's nothing remotely resembling a narrative here.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 5, 2012
If opportunities arise to explore Mellencamp's process or personality, the Markuses pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 5, 2012
"It's About You" is an odd and touching little film. I'm glad I stuck it out.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
January 6, 2012
Supplements concerts and recording. . .of Mellencamp's working-class, heartland music . .by making keen observations. . .like Studs Terkel looking at the decline of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 3, 2012
A striking musical documentary about rock singer and songwriter John Mellencamp and the changes overtaking this musical genre and the heartland of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 3, 2012
Digs deeply into the soil of working-class American life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
January 4, 2012
Luckily, the music trumps the indifferently shot concert footage and lends shape to the evocatively lensed recording sessions in iconic locations.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
January 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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