Steve Earle: Just an American Boy
Steve Earle: Just an American Boy (2003)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Decidedly low-tech and not always particularly coherent or cohesive.

Joan Anderman
Boston Globe

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.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Dull and ugly.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A mediocre music documentary.

Dan Jardine

In Just an American Boy, Steve Earle proves that he just may be the most important American troubadour of his generation

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Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune

Even for a big fan like me, parts of this documentary (especially musical performances) just go on too long.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A crude but stirring video documentary.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

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