Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  1. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Dec 10, 2012
    63
    The film is an unremarkable exercise in craft dedicated to a thoroughly remarkable artist – the tale is sublime, the telling only serviceable.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 11, 2012
    80
    Inspiring heartbreaker of a documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 14, 2012
    70
    Becker is now completely paralyzed, unable even to speak. But Vile keeps him almost entirely offscreen until the last thirty minutes, preferring to introduce him as he once was: Uncommonly positive and single-minded in his obsession with the electric guitar.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Dec 13, 2012
    90
    This heartfelt documentary is also, more subtly, a tribute to the squadron of caregivers that has enabled Mr. Becker not only to survive for an extraordinarily long time but also to continue to compose music, using virtually the only part of him that still moves, his eyes.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Dec 13, 2012
    63
    Oddly, though, for a film so dedicated to celebrating what he can still accomplish, his early performing career gets a lot more emphasis than the music still being composed. And that's a pity, because what little we hear is entrancing.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Dec 10, 2012
    80
    An intense, emotional ride. Uplifting and inspiring.
  7. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Dec 10, 2012
    80
    Vile's moving documentary can't go wrong with such an inspiring, funny and genuinely nice guy taking the spotlight he deserves.
  8. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 11, 2012
    70
    Expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS.
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  1. Jul 15, 2015
    10
    It's Jason freakin' Becker, man!!! The positive, energetic, humorous, and extremely talented musician who, unfortunately, got a paralyzingIt's Jason freakin' Becker, man!!! The positive, energetic, humorous, and extremely talented musician who, unfortunately, got a paralyzing disease, called ALS, before reaching his prime as a guitarist. Even though, today, he's unable to be energetic, he's still humorous, extremely talented, and keeps a positive attitude. Much kudos for his caregivers and friends that keep him going. He is an inspiration to many, including myself. In the film, it's mentioned that he did a show in Jackson, MS. My dad saw them there at Town Creek Saloon. He says he remembers two guys (supposedly Jason and Marty Friedman) playing really fast leads, but it was difficult to hear the notes due to the way sound behaves indoors. Anyway, all guitarists need to check out this film. Full Review »