Shut Up Little Man!
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When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbours, they accidentally created one of the world's first 'viral' pop-culture sensations. Exploring the blurred boundaries between privacy, art and exploitation, Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure is a darkly hilarious modern fable. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The unsuspecting stars (who died in 1992 and '96, respectively) begin to seem less like nightmare neighbors and more like the victims of rampant exploitation and voyeurism."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's a strange story, and the stylish and well-edited documentary "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" gets it down. But yet it doesn't quite get it."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"What starts as a clever comedy piece about the popularity of the actual recordings becomes something more poignant when director Matthew Bate starts asking questions about privacy and unwanted celebrity."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"Bate sort of lets everyone off the hook under the art-for-art's-sake clause. But at least he raises the still-relevant question of whether just because you can tape your neighbor makes it art - or makes it right."
‑ Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"at once wholly melancholic and unexpectedly joyful, adjectives that I have yet to employ while describing any YouTube clip to date."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Bate chronicles the whole wooly story with admirable clarity and resourcefulness, even when a lack of visual material forces him to resort too often to reenactment and dramatization."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"For the most part, this is a feature-length documentary that begs to be turned into a YouTube clip -- junky and ephemeral."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's a fascinating, occasionally nauseating tale of wasted human life, energy, and brain cells."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"As much fun as "Shut Up, Little Man" is at times, you can't shake the feeling that watching the documentary is the next link in a long chain of exploitation that leads back 20 years."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Despite the film's claim to be an anatomy of a pop culture craze, it's deeply parochial and has an opportunistic feel at its core."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Casts a wide net of inquiry over this sometimes appalling story, which raises timely questions about the differences between creation and exploitation."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Goes from funny to not funny in about the length of time it takes for the lawyers to get involved."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Bate's facile and dispiriting documentary never makes a case for why this particular slice of audio verité required resurrecting from the graveyard of pop culture arcana."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Director Matthew Bate misjudges the hilarity of it all, as it stops being funny -- and is instead depressing -- after 20 or so minutes."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Manages to ask some heavy questions while maintaining a light tone."
‑ Matt Singer,
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