A Cantor's Tale

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
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Critic Reviews

  1. Both a biographical portrait and an exploration of the tradition of Jewish liturgical music in America.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Delightful documentary A Cantor's Tale casts a fond eye back at the "golden age" of chazzanut (Jewish liturgical music) and its star performers in the Brooklyn of yesteryear.
  3. 70
    With its outlandish stories, obsession with masculine ego, and focus on an absurd, forgotten subculture, A Cantor's Tale is the stuff Ben Stiller movies are made of: All that's missing is the part for Owen Wilson.
  4. The movie is most engaging when following Mr. Mendelson around his old neighborhood, Borough Park, which, we learn, is simply teeming with bakers whose singing is on a par with their knishes.
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  1. ErikC.
    Aug 30, 2006
    10
    Funny, engaging, a story of a man and of music. Some of the more subdued moments may get lost at times through the humor (of which there is a Funny, engaging, a story of a man and of music. Some of the more subdued moments may get lost at times through the humor (of which there is a plenty), but on a second viewing, one can appreciate the pathos of this great art form through the eyes of a lover and purveyor of this sacred music. Full Review »