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  1. Oct 27, 2010
    0
    Give it a miss. The sort of thing we've seen before. I've seen at least two other movies recently that dealt with almost exactly the same subject, but they were both much better than this. This would have been much better suited to the documentary format.
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jan 13, 2011
    70
    The documentary is most valuable for its fly-on-the-wall footage of the inventive tunesmith puttering around his apartment and drilling the band on his idiosyncratic arrangements.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 11, 2010
    80
    Clearly, the directors have to be Merritt advocates to hang in there that long, but the film that resulted has elements that keep it from being simply a fan's notes.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Dec 11, 2010
    75
    No matter your take on Merritt's persona, there's no denying that he's a unique musician whose songs -- such as "Papa Was a Rodeo" and "Living in an Abandoned Firehouse With You" -- are worth discovering. As is this film.