Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 26, 2012
    75
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 25, 2012
    80
    In simple, blunt language he exalts "quality," "warmth," "feeling," "truth" and "beauty," without trying to define or elaborate on those concepts.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 24, 2012
    70
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 23, 2012
    60
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 27, 2012
    67
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 23, 2012
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 1, 2012
    80
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Nov 1, 2012
    75
    Fascinating stuff.

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