Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm Reviews

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
September 5, 2013
[A] bittersweet, frustratingly impressionistic documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2013
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 7, 2013
The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
April 19, 2013
Heartfelt tribute to musician Levon Helm receives a theatrical release on the anniversary of his death in 2012.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 19, 2013
It's a sympathetic portrait of an artist whose heart lay more with new work than old glories, right up to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
April 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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April 17, 2013
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 16, 2013
An unsentimental, salt-of-the-earth tribute that keeps the beat in a way that would make this extraordinary journeyman beam.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Gerstenzang
Village Voice
April 16, 2013
For the fans left bereft by his 2012 death, it's impossible to imagine a more exquisite, honest, and beautifully detailed documentary about the life of Levon Helm than Jacob Hatley's Ain't in It for My Health.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 15, 2013
A portrait of a tough American musical spirit, fighting through until the end and taking energy and solace from the music he created.
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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
[A] fascinating if not entirely revealing portrait.
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 2, 2013
Less than satisfying treatment of beloved musician, who never quite lets his guard down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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