Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm Image
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  • Summary: A documentary on Levon Helm, a founding member of The Band, begun during the creation of his first studio album in 25 years.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Gerstenzang
    Apr 16, 2013
    100
    This is one of the most fully rounded, unsentimental portraits of an artist you'll ever see on film.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 18, 2013
    80
    Less an archival clip job than a late-night jam session, it is informal and inviting.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Apr 18, 2013
    80
    Despite his flashes of bitterness, the Helm captured here seems like a man at peace with where he ended up — however taxing the road that brought him, however many friends lost or discarded along the way.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Apr 18, 2013
    75
    It’s a sympathetic portrait of an artist whose heart lay more with new work than old glories, right up to the end.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Sep 5, 2013
    75
    Unfortunately, Hatley chooses not to offer much context or background history regarding that or other aspects of Helm’s half-century career, other than archival footage of Helm and the Band in their prime, press clippings, and comments from the Band “biographer,” Barney Hoskyns.
  6. 75
    The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 1, 2013
    60
    What keeps Ain’t in It for My Health from being a really satisfying portrait isn’t a lack of access, but a lack of intimacy.

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