Just an American Boy
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In the fall of 2002, singer, songwriter and political activist Steve Earle released an album of songs written in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, entitled Jerusalem. One of its songs, "John Walker's Blues" -- written from the perspective of John Walker Lindh, a Muslim from America who was discovered fighting alongside Taliban forces -- triggered off a flurry of controversy, and Earle found himself having to defend his views, his patriotism, and his right to free speech in the press. Steve Earle: Just an American Boy is a documentary which follows Earle as… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Decidedly low-tech and not always particularly coherent or cohesive."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Earle's song introductions, like those of his mentors Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, are as meaty, pointed, and touching as the tunes themselves, and his spoken words -- full of humor and humanity -- are the heart of the film."
‑ Joan Anderman, Boston Globe
"Dull and ugly."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Earle -- and his fans -- deserve better."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While the film's coziness toward its subject is ultimately frustrating, it does provide a welcome portrait of one of the music industry's genuine and rare iconoclasts."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A mediocre music documentary."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"In Just an American Boy, Steve Earle proves that he just may be the most important American troubadour of his generation"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Even for a big fan like me, parts of this documentary (especially musical performances) just go on too long."
‑ Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune
"A crude but stirring video documentary."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Did it make me want to run out and buy his albums? Well, maybe not, but it did make me like the man and respect the activist -- and the artist. Three out of four ain't bad"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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