Died Young, Stayed Pretty
Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009)

Every rock band, from the most famous stadium-level superstars to the lowly beginners hobbling from one basement gig to the next in a rusty van, needs to let their fans know when and where they'll be playing, and since the late… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's a little scattershot, but Died Young, Stayed Pretty offers an entertaining, visually appealing look at the indie-rock poster art subculture.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Whenever the quaint, binary idea of a scrappy counterculture vs. The Man overshadows the personalities, craft, and musical context, the movie's an Adbusters bore.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

The poster makers... mine the outer limits of violence and misogyny with a garish, pop art palette.

John Griffin
Montreal Gazette

Eileen Yaghoobian's fabulous debut doc is an inclusive look at the renaissance of poster art in the wake of punk and the rebirth of a defiant counterculture.

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Dennis Harvey

Eileen Yaghoobian's documentary presents a lot of good art and entertaining personalities in a package that's diverting on a moment-to-moment basis, but lacks any organizing principal or precise point to make the whole cohere.

India Bourke
Time Out

The lack of narrative direction, exploitable drama or character growth strands the film at the level of an animated picture-book accompanied by lots of gratuitous whining.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

This is a mildly interesting documentary that takes at face value the claims made for their art by the naive nihilists who design jagged, violent and often obscene posters for local rock groups across North America.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

It soon becomes apparent that there's no real structure or point of view to it all.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Yaghoobian proves she has a flair for the telling detail every bit as keen as her subjects'.

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Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix

Concentrated in such alterna-scenes as Boston, Austin, and Seattle, this repulsive bunch [of poster artists] exude more counter-culture geek clichés than Comic Book Guy.

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