• Released
  • April 19, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 23 min
  • Documentary
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Village Voice

This is one of the most fully rounded, unsentimental portraits of an artist you'll ever see on film.
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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.
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
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.
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Less an archival clip job than a late-night jam session, it is informal and inviting.
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Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
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.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy.
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
It’s a sympathetic portrait of an artist whose heart lay more with new work than old glories, right up to the end.
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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
"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.
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By John Anderson
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.
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76 out of 100
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