Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet
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When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn't live to see his 25th birthday. 22 years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes. Jason Becker : Not Dead Yet is a feature-length documentary film that tells the incredible story of a guitar legend who refuses to give up on his dream of being a musician despite the most incredible odds. It is a story of dreams, love, and the strength of the human spirit.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Music-centric doc offers an undepressing look at Lou Gehrig's disease."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Jesse Vile's inspiring heartbreaker of a documentary is cleaved into two well-judged halves: We see Becker continuing on, robbed of speech and movement, yet undiminshed in his musical creativity."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"...the "best in show" was a remarkably well-told account of a unique human being..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"Rivals Julian Schnabel's 2007 film The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly in its portrayal of human courage and fortitude."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"This humdrum documentary about Becker's life and work is content to wallow in feel-good platitudes and never really shows us what makes the man tick."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"[Becker] comes across as a warm, funny man blessed with a devoted family and friends."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Jesse Vile's expertly measured, emotional look at the life of a guitar prodigy cut down by ALS ..."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"There are survivor tales, and then there is Jason Becker's, utterly jaw-dropping in its inspiration."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Becker's story is both tragic and inspiring, and his music, with which I was previously unacquainted, is exciting and impressive."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It is impossible not to be moved and to feel that, despite all the horrible things that happen, there's something decent about humans after all."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The film says frustratingly little about how everything is managed financially, but the perseverance by all concerned is beautiful to see."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The story that remains is intriguing without being transporting - the facts are all there but the emotion is largely lost in translation."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Jesse Vile's film, despite its best intentions, is merely a serviceable extension of his own fandom."
‑ Drew Hunt, Slant Magazine
"Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet pays hearty tribute to Paganini-playing shredders and offers up a blueprint for dedicated care in the home and community."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"We get lots of widdly, widdly solos that thankfully went out of fashion in the Eighties."
‑ Grant Rollings, Sun Online
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