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Better Than Something: Jay Reatard Reviews

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New York Magazine/Vulture
October 12, 2012
Lindsey himself makes for a fairly outgoing interview subject, but the real attraction here is the dedication and care shown for him and his memory by the close-knit community of Memphis musicians and fans.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
October 12, 2012
Better Than Something: Jay Reatard offers an uncommonly intimate portrait of the prolific garage-punk phenom who died of a drug/alcohol cocktail in 2010.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 2, 2012
An intimate if drive-by quasi-portrait of the artist in mostly his own self-deprecating, wryly humorous and sometimes painfully revealing words...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 1, 2012
[The directors] cede narrative structure to their interview subjects, which may fulfill some goal of objectivity but cheats the viewer of depth or a clear point of view.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 1, 2012
It's evident that he would have evolved as a musician and a man, and this tight and candid film makes you regret that he no longer can.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeff Albertson
Seattle Times
March 1, 2012
A fascinating and bittersweet documentary about an iconic garage-rock musician who died at the peak of his creative output.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 1, 2012
Better Than Something doesn't really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
Like the longhair with the foghorn falsetto it's titled after, this unfussy rock-doc profile is shaggy, sophisticated, and more than a little sad.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 26, 2012
Intimacy doesn't completely give rise to insight in this loving, if largely for-fans-only, posthumous portrait of Memphis-bred punk rocker Jay Reatard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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