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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 6, 2011
A film of found audio footage that goes beyond the imagination. A heartbreaking miracle.
March 27, 2011
A scathing and crazily convoluted look at a pop culture footnote
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.
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