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Seymour Bernstein's genuineness shines so brightly in Seymour: An Introduction that viewers will forgive debuting director Ethan Hawke's reverent treatment. Read critic reviews

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Pianist Seymour Bernstein, who gave up performing for teaching, discusses his passion for music and his philosophy of life.

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Heather Smith
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Critic Reviews for Seymour: An Introduction

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  • Not only a very fine documentary, but a warm and likable one to boot.

    June 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • There's no pressing story to tell, or even especially vital achievement to record, so the film probably counts as bit of self-indulgence from Hawke, but it's got a very good heart.

    March 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The great joy of the film, whether you know piano or not, is watching Bernstein teach.

    April 10, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Hawke's cinematic etude may not unlock all the mysteries of music, but "Seymour: An Introduction" is universal enough to be understood by a bananafish.

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Coming off of his superb one-two performances for Richard Linklater in Before Midnight and Boyhood, Hawke continues to work at a creative high level. He demonstrates a rapport and openness with his subject that proves exceptionally affecting.

    March 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Whether or not Hawke got any answers to his questions about the purpose of being artist, seeking them under the guidance of a teacher like Bernstein resulted in this work of art.

    March 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 10, 2014
    A heart warming tale of a genius who couldn't get over his fear of playing before crowds to make it a career. Becoming a teacher that inspired more than music students, Seymour is a man that you are glad to get to know.
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