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[A] bittersweet, frustratingly impressionistic documentary ...
Loose and ragtag, stirring and poignant, the documentary "Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" proves a fitting tribute to its late star ...
The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy.
Less than satisfying treatment of beloved musician, who never quite lets his guard down.
It's a sympathetic portrait of an artist whose heart lay more with new work than old glories, right up to the end.
An affectionate tribute and a gift for fans who grew fond of his company on records or at concerts and who would like a little bit more.
A missed opportunity to delve deeper and get a more intimate portrait of the man behind the drums.
And of all the figures - Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, et al. - who smuggled those sepia-toned seeds into rock 'n' roll, Helm, was arguably the most authentic.
Heartfelt tribute to musician Levon Helm receives a theatrical release on the anniversary of his death in 2012.
A portrait of a tough American musical spirit, fighting through until the end and taking energy and solace from the music he created.
Director Jacob Hatley clearly earned the complete trust of Helm's inner circle, enough to capture the icon's crusty humor, singular talent and significant bravery in the face of his fate.
Despite his flashes of bitterness, the Helm captured here seems like a man at peace with where he ended up - however taxing the road that brought him, however many friends lost or discarded along the way.
I find these personal looks at rock legends to be very interesting but this one left me a little wanting. The historical role that Helm plays in delivering on some of the Band's most popular songs is highlighted here but a lot of filming is done of Helm before his death doing day to day activities with little insight into his musical genius. It is quite telling that it doesn't appear that Helm particularly wanted to talk to the film makers and conversations with others were required to flesh out missing dialogue.
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