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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Fascinating stuff. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Fans will love its intimate mood and class-act portrayal of its subject; Dion Beebe's cinematography boasts the expected polish, but the film will likely be most popular on small screens. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Watching the elder statesman spin ring-a-ding wisdom is one thing; witnessing his generosity to another artist who couldn't handle her own talent, however, speaks volumes about what actually lurks under his placid, seemingly imperturbable surface. show more

  • 67
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Recording "Body and Soul" with Bennet only a short period before her death, Winehouse's simultaneously effusive presence not only illustrates her fragility but stands in sharp contrast to the stable work ethic that Bennett has cultivated over the course of his 60-year career. show more

  • 80
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    This is when the movie earns its hushed exclusivity and kitschy title, when we see an art form bridge generations with a strange mixture of grace, joy and melancholy. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    In simple, blunt language he exalts "quality," "warmth," "feeling," "truth" and "beauty," without trying to define or elaborate on those concepts. show more

  • 70
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    While the result is sure to appeal to the star's fans, they may find this less-than-definitive portrait distractingly arty at times, while viewers attracted by such up-to-the-moment talents as Lady Gaga will wonder why the picture doesn't bother providing a little more explanatory background about that old guy she's singing with. show more

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