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: September 15, 2006
DVD 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.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Insufferably coy.

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.

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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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