• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 9, 2013
  • Season #: 1
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10

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  1. Dec 11, 2013
    10
    I am not a musical theater buff, far from it. But i thought the Sondheim show was one of the best things I've seen on TV in a long time. It was an amazingly well edited collection (the editor deserves ad Emmy) of clips from 30+ talk show appearances over 40 years. There were so many great explanations of how to write, how to be creative, how to think about the creative process, that theI am not a musical theater buff, far from it. But i thought the Sondheim show was one of the best things I've seen on TV in a long time. It was an amazingly well edited collection (the editor deserves ad Emmy) of clips from 30+ talk show appearances over 40 years. There were so many great explanations of how to write, how to be creative, how to think about the creative process, that the show transcended musical theater. Even if you know a lot about Sondheim, this show will make you think about more. Please do find it and watch it. Collapse
  2. Dec 10, 2013
    10
    The best thing I've seen on TV all year: propulsive pace, lapidary editing, brand-new and period performances that kill, and best of all, Sondheim himself: a brilliant, self-knowing raconteur, blazing with both attitude and gratitude.
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    This is one of the best movies about the artistic process I've seen--a film that can engross and illuminate even if you know nothing of Sondheim.
  2. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Dec 9, 2013
    80
    Given how sharp his songwriting is, it’s little surprise that Sondheim makes an excellent storyteller, always candid and precise, and by turns funny and rueful. And it’s a remarkable tale, one that could probably make for a great musical.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Dec 9, 2013
    100
    Lapine's direction is almost the star of Six by Sondheim. Not only has he used the six songs to illuminate the composer's life, he organizes years and years of interviews as if they are an ongoing conversation--which, in many ways, they are. They are the monograph of the life and art of a singular man, perfectly assembled, bit by bit, piece by piece.