Seymour: An Introduction (2015)


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


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Seymour Bernstein started playing the piano as a little boy, and by the time he turned 15 he was teaching it to others. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. While Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative study is a warm and lucid portrait of Bernstein and his exceptional life and work, it's also a love letter to the study of music itself, and a film about the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art. Seymour: An Introduction allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music. (C) Sundance Selects

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Critic Reviews for Seymour: An Introduction

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (29)

The great joy of the film, whether you know piano or not, is watching Bernstein teach.

Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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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.

Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like a touching master class on living correctly, listening to the charming Bernstein will have you changing keys.

Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | 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.

Mar 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.

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

Seymour: An Introduction is just that - not too much biography, or history. And one needn't be a music aficionado, or a musician, to appreciate the modest erudition coming from this man.

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

Audience Reviews for Seymour: An Introduction

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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