Shut Up Little Man! Reviews

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Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
October 14, 2011
What starts as a clever comedy piece about the popularity of the actual recordings becomes something more poignant when director Matthew Bate starts asking questions about privacy and unwanted celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
October 9, 2011
It's a fascinating, occasionally nauseating tale of wasted human life, energy, and brain cells.
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 29, 2011
Bate sort of lets everyone off the hook under the art-for-art's-sake clause. But at least he raises the still-relevant question of whether just because you can tape your neighbor makes it art - or makes it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 23, 2011
Bate chronicles the whole wooly story with admirable clarity and resourcefulness, even when a lack of visual material forces him to resort too often to reenactment and dramatization.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 22, 2011
Casts a wide net of inquiry over this sometimes appalling story, which raises timely questions about the differences between creation and exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 22, 2011
Despite the film's claim to be an anatomy of a pop culture craze, it's deeply parochial and has an opportunistic feel at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 15, 2011
Makes the "Shut Up" phenomenon feel as if it meant something, unlike the here-this-morning, gone-this-afternoon viral sensations of today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Singer
IFC.com
September 15, 2011
Manages to ask some heavy questions while maintaining a light tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 15, 2011
There is a lot more going on here than the story of a largely forgotten underground sensation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
September 14, 2011
Does an expert job on tracing the evolution of SULM! from lark to "art," and how a cult formed around two middle-aged lives of loud desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
September 13, 2011
The tapes are great. More than just a flophouse Punch and Judy show, the Raymond vs. Peter dustups elevate cruel bickering to a ritual through which we live life's pain.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
September 13, 2011
An entertaining, comprehensive look at a slender, but significant slice of pop culture history.
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
September 3, 2011
The film, directed by Matthew Bate, has been compared stylistically to Errol Morris's work, and it's an accurate assessment.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
August 26, 2011
With all the early-phase irony swimming around this story, director Matthew Bate's short but cutting indictment of remix culture proves that we're still in a fix about our orientations to issues of ownership and classification.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 25, 2011
"Shut Up, Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" has to rank right up there as one of the oddest films of the year. But odd in a very good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 30, 2011
Documenting both an outrageously funny-tragic story and a surprising pop-culture phenomenon, this film not only has a hugely entertaining narrative, but it also astutely explores issues of voyeurism and exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 6, 2011
A film of found audio footage that goes beyond the imagination. A heartbreaking miracle.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
March 27, 2011
A scathing and crazily convoluted look at a pop culture footnote
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2011
We're all, in one way or another, that creep in the basement hoping to "hear the line" just one more time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 26, 2011
Alternately hilarious and discomfiting, and finally rather poignant.
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