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  • Summary: Better Than Something is a feature documentary about the controversial
    and prolific rock musician Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known as Jay Reatard. This intimate portrait, captured just months before his untimely passing, brings us incredibly close to Jay's complicated punk-rock world in
    Memphis, Tennessee. (IFC Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 29, 2012
    83
    Better Than Something doesn't really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive.
  2. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Feb 28, 2012
    70
    What elevates the picture above the norm is a series of remarkably candid and eerily prescient interviews.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Feb 28, 2012
    70
    Even non-fans will appreciate what a tough act Reatard is to follow, though, and anybody with a shred of respect left for rock 'n' roll will feel loss and anger at his passing.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 27, 2012
    63
    Intimacy doesn't completely give rise to insight in this loving, if largely for-fans-only, posthumous portrait of Memphis-bred punk rocker Jay Reatard.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 1, 2012
    50
    The result is a frustratingly superficial look at a smart, driven and sometimes frightened young man who always felt as though he were "racing against time."
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