The Zen Of Bennett
The Zen Of Bennett (2012)

This documentary is a seductive and soulful view into the mind of singer Tony Bennett as well as an intimate portrait of the artist's creative process as he turns 85 years old. In a first person narrative, Tony reflects back over his 60… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

We see an art form bridge generations with a strange mixture of grace, joy and melancholy.

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

These elements leave the documentary hanging somewhere between a glorified making-of album promo and a more in-depth portrait of the artist.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

It feels a bit like a classed-up infomercial at times, but it's still as much a treat to witness Bennett's process as it is to see him interact with today's young stars.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Like the singer himself - smooth and classy.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Friendly doc offers plentiful guest stars but only one perspective on the singer's career.

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David Guzman
Film Journal International

As simple as Tony Bennett's life is, his magic could've used a documentary less simple-minded than The Zen of Bennett to explain it.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Like with any great singer, it's often the telling pauses of the man born Anthony Benedetto that say the most in "The Zen of Bennett."

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The way Mr. Bennett talks is the way he sings. There is no subtext, only the song conveyed with knowledge, heart, a sophisticated sense of swing and a positive attitude.

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