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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 80

    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. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    It’s a sympathetic portrait of an artist whose heart lay more with new work than old glories, right up to the end. show more

  • 75
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy. show more

  • 80
    David Fear Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 100
    Village Voice

    This is one of the most fully rounded, unsentimental portraits of an artist you'll ever see on film. show more

  • 80
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    Less an archival clip job than a late-night jam session, it is informal and inviting. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    "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. show more

  • 60
    John Anderson Variety

    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. show more

  • June 29, 2013 cp00000000155076
    Report This User

    If you love Levon Helm, his distinct and recognizable voice alone is reason enough to see this film. Beyond that, it chronicles his final days as a \"working\" musician (one who loves to play live, not just in the studio) and how he dealt with his battle with throat cancer. Great concert footage also.

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