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Better Than Something: Jay Reatard Reviews

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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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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+
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
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.
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+
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.
August 22, 2017
Better Than Something isn't bad, but it never really gets to the bottom of Reatard's anger issues.
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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