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Shut Up Little Man! Reviews

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Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
October 9, 2011
It's a fascinating, occasionally nauseating tale of wasted human life, energy, and brain cells.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 7, 2011
Bate's facile and dispiriting documentary never makes a case for why this particular slice of audio verité required resurrecting from the graveyard of pop culture arcana.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
September 22, 2011
at once wholly melancholic and unexpectedly joyful, adjectives that I have yet to employ while describing any YouTube clip to date.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2011
Goes from funny to not funny in about the length of time it takes for the lawyers to get involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Singer
IFC.com
September 15, 2011
Manages to ask some heavy questions while maintaining a light tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 15, 2011
There is a lot more going on here than the story of a largely forgotten underground sensation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
September 13, 2011
The tapes are great. More than just a flophouse Punch and Judy show, the Raymond vs. Peter dustups elevate cruel bickering to a ritual through which we live life's pain.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
September 13, 2011
An entertaining, comprehensive look at a slender, but significant slice of pop culture history.
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