Zen Noir
Zen Noir (2006)

A death has occurred in a Buddhist temple, but in order to solve the crime, the nameless detective in charge of the investigation must let go of his logic and rely on the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen in director Marc Rosenbush's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 15, 2007
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

...An irritating exercise in ham acting, metaphysical patter routines, and rim-shot-style comic editing.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Rosenbush's cinematic experiment generates so little excitement I doubt whether you'll hear even the sound of one hand clapping.

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

It plays like a short film extended to the length of a feature ... and assembled by someone who appears to have seen a bunch of David Lynch movies and not quite understood them.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Insufferably coy.

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Melissa Levine
L.A. Weekly

Any hopes that Marc Rosenbush's film might transcend its unimaginative title are dashed almost immediately, as manic fade-outs, fade-ins and overlays of portentous symbols give way to mannered dialogue and bad jokes.

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Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Like its hero, Zen Noir doesn't exist for even a second outside the vocabulary of the film world.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Even at 71 minutes, this shoestring-budget production seems overlong and undernourished.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A provocative, witty -- and admittedly esoteric -- experimental comedy that is serious, amusing and satisfying.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Writer/director Marc Rosenbush's first film, from the false toughness of its surface to its soft, pulpy heart, will please neither aficionados of the detective genre nor devotees of Eastern religion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
Wow. You won't see ANY films like this. Completely original. Funny, mysterious, slightly disturbing. HIghly recommend. And, if you know anything about Zen… More