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  • Summary: Possibilities is an intimate documentary about Herbie Hancock and his in-studio collaborations with a dozen formidable pop recording artists, collaborations that explore the unexpected, like jazz improvisations. (Magnolia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. The project is not without insights into Hancock's career and musical philosophy and holds moments of inspiration with these stars. Yet the result does feel a bit promotional as the focus is on a particular CD and not on the sum and substance of this keyboard legend's extraordinary career.
  2. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    70
    Mr. Hancock, a longtime practitioner of Buddhism who encourages his adoring colleagues to journey beyond their "comfort zones," resulting in some interactions and freestyle jamming that are truly infectious.
  3. 70
    Filled with great archival footage from throughout Hancock's five-decade career, and with elder-statesman words of wisdom from the man himself, Possibilities celebrates an impulse that's too rare in modern music: the love behind the labor of creation.
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    60
    The film is the portrait of a kind and giving man open to all positive ideas that come his way.
  5. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    60
    This is primarily a film for fans of all involved.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Kun
    40
    Possibilities ends up as a testament to only one thing: a missed opportunity to explore one of the most visionary and influential careers in modern music.
  7. 25
    The film plays like one long commercial. The music's cool, but you're better off buying the CD.

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