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This is one of the most fully rounded, unsentimental portraits of an artist you'll ever see on film. Read full review
Despite his flashes of bitterness, the Helm captured here seems like a man at peace with where he ended up — however taxing the road that brought him, however many friends lost or discarded along the way. Read full review
Mostly, you see a prolific artist going out playing—an unsentimental, salt-of-the-earth tribute that keeps the beat in a way that would make this extraordinary journeyman beam. Read full review
Less an archival clip job than a late-night jam session, it is informal and inviting. Read full review
Unfortunately, Hatley chooses not to offer much context or background history regarding that or other aspects of Helm’s half-century career, other than archival footage of Helm and the Band in their prime, press clippings, and comments from the Band “biographer,” Barney Hoskyns. Read full review
The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy. Read full review
It’s a sympathetic portrait of an artist whose heart lay more with new work than old glories, right up to the end. Read full review
"Ain't in It" offers a warm and largely satisfying look at a man and his music and, for some, the end of an era. Read full review
What keeps Ain’t in It for My Health from being a really satisfying portrait isn’t a lack of access, but a lack of intimacy. Read full review
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