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Shut Up Little Man! Reviews

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Mike Scott
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2011
Even as a nascent example of a now-burgeoning trend, however, this initially intriguing doc never manages to justify its own superlative praise for Ray and Peter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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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
Chris Cabin
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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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.
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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
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
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

Austin Chronicle
October 8, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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.
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
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
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
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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.
| Original Score: A-
Brian Tallerico
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
Kent Turner
March 27, 2011
A scathing and crazily convoluted look at a pop culture footnote
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Singer
September 15, 2011
Manages to ask some heavy questions while maintaining a light tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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