Shut Up Little Man! Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2011
The unsuspecting stars (who died in 1992 and '96, respectively) begin to seem less like nightmare neighbors and more like the victims of rampant exploitation and voyeurism.
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 16, 2011
It's a strange story, and the stylish and well-edited documentary "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" gets it down. But yet it doesn't quite get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 16, 2011
For the most part, this is a feature-length documentary that begs to be turned into a YouTube clip -- junky and ephemeral.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2011
Goes from funny to not funny in about the length of time it takes for the lawyers to get involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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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.
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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
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 26, 2011
Alternately hilarious and discomfiting, and finally rather poignant.