Shut Up Little Man!
Shut Up Little Man! (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 26, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Brian Tallerico

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

For the most part, this is a feature-length documentary that begs to be turned into a YouTube clip -- junky and ephemeral.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

It's a fascinating, occasionally nauseating tale of wasted human life, energy, and brain cells.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Casts a wide net of inquiry over this sometimes appalling story, which raises timely questions about the differences between creation and exploitation.

Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Goes from funny to not funny in about the length of time it takes for the lawyers to get involved.

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Eddie Sausage and Mitch Deprey turn their loud, hellish neighbors into veritable cash-cows, blurring the line between artistic freedom and invasive… More
Eric Broome
Two arty, smart-ass twentysomethings start recording the wildly abusive arguments of their bitter, drunk neighbors, and the resulting tapes become a perverse,… More