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Shut Up Little Man! Reviews

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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
October 9, 2011
It's a fascinating, occasionally nauseating tale of wasted human life, energy, and brain cells.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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
September 15, 2011
Manages to ask some heavy questions while maintaining a light tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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.
September 13, 2011
An entertaining, comprehensive look at a slender, but significant slice of pop culture history.
September 3, 2011
The film, directed by Matthew Bate, has been compared stylistically to Errol Morris's work, and it's an accurate assessment.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
August 26, 2011
With all the early-phase irony swimming around this story, director Matthew Bate's short but cutting indictment of remix culture proves that we're still in a fix about our orientations to issues of ownership and classification.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 25, 2011
"Shut Up, Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" has to rank right up there as one of the oddest films of the year. But odd in a very good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2011
Documenting both an outrageously funny-tragic story and a surprising pop-culture phenomenon, this film not only has a hugely entertaining narrative, but it also astutely explores issues of voyeurism and exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2011
A film of found audio footage that goes beyond the imagination. A heartbreaking miracle.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 27, 2011
A scathing and crazily convoluted look at a pop culture footnote
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2011
We're all, in one way or another, that creep in the basement hoping to "hear the line" just one more time.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 26, 2011
Alternately hilarious and discomfiting, and finally rather poignant.
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