Shut Up Little Man! Reviews

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August 30, 2018
An intriguing study of how information spreads, and a sober meditation on human relationships.
October 14, 2011
What starts as a clever comedy piece about the popularity of the actual recordings becomes something more poignant when director Matthew Bate starts asking questions about privacy and unwanted celebrity.
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.
October 9, 2011
It's a fascinating, occasionally nauseating tale of wasted human life, energy, and brain cells.
October 8, 2011
October 7, 2011
Bate's facile and dispiriting documentary never makes a case for why this particular slice of audio verit required resurrecting from the graveyard of pop culture arcana.
September 29, 2011
Bate sort of lets everyone off the hook under the art-for-art's-sake clause. But at least he raises the still-relevant question of whether just because you can tape your neighbor makes it art - or makes it right.
September 23, 2011
As much fun as "Shut Up, Little Man" is at times, you can't shake the feeling that watching the documentary is the next link in a long chain of exploitation that leads back 20 years.
September 23, 2011
Director Matthew Bate misjudges the hilarity of it all, as it stops being funny -- and is instead depressing -- after 20 or so minutes.
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.
September 22, 2011
at once wholly melancholic and unexpectedly joyful, adjectives that I have yet to employ while describing any YouTube clip to date.
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.
September 22, 2011
Despite the film's claim to be an anatomy of a pop culture craze, it's deeply parochial and has an opportunistic feel at its core.
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.
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.
September 15, 2011
Goes from funny to not funny in about the length of time it takes for the lawyers to get involved.
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.
September 15, 2011
Manages to ask some heavy questions while maintaining a light tone.
September 15, 2011
There is a lot more going on here than the story of a largely forgotten underground sensation.
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.
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