Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm
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Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm
Director Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight. (c) Kino Lorber

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] bittersweet, frustratingly impressionistic documentary ..."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Less than satisfying treatment of beloved musician, who never quite lets his guard down."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"And of all the figures - Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, et al. - who smuggled those sepia-toned seeds into rock 'n' roll, Helm, was arguably the most authentic."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Loose and ragtag, stirring and poignant, the documentary "Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" proves a fitting tribute to its late star ..."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It's a sympathetic portrait of an artist whose heart lay more with new work than old glories, right up to the end."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Heartfelt tribute to musician Levon Helm receives a theatrical release on the anniversary of his death in 2012."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"An affectionate tribute and a gift for fans who grew fond of his company on records or at concerts and who would like a little bit more."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A portrait of a tough American musical spirit, fighting through until the end and taking energy and solace from the music he created."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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