The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling: Season 1 Reviews

July 30, 2018
It's not all pleasant - it turns out that some of those neuroses were real... As a whole, it's an extraordinary piece of work.
April 13, 2018
Rather than directing his torments onto others, Shandling seemed to offer a sense of collective neurosis, begging people to realize that our insecurities are perhaps the connective tissue between us all.
March 30, 2018
Shandling lived a restless, complicated life. The Zen Diaries foolishly tries to clarify who Shandling was in a way the man himself never could, but as a primer and testament to his talent, it's a lovely tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 29, 2018
Zen Diaries comes away with a fascinating, complex portrait of a man as unpredictable as he was hilarious, a comedy pioneer who lived in constant terror of being forgotten and ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 28, 2018
At the end of Shandling's life, the documentary suggests, love had won.
March 28, 2018
"He was everything he needed and was never given, to everyone," Sarah Silverman says. The power of Zen Diaries is that it allows you to share, for a few hours, a sense of what that must have felt like.
March 26, 2018
Even the slack portions are intriguing because of the access Apatow has to the records of Shandling's time on Earth.
March 26, 2018
Mostly, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling justifies its sprawling form. It's bittersweet, very funny and does right by the man and the comic world that gave him so much insecurity and so much success.
March 26, 2018
Even if the film didn't actually include footage from a ceremony remembering and celebrating Shandling's life, you'd feel like you were already part of one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 26, 2018
Over the course of 4.5 hours in The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, Apatow gives us an authentic view of someone that he called not only a mentor but a friend.
March 26, 2018
The Zen Diaries don't completely decipher the riddle that was Garry Shandling, but nevertheless offers a fascinating window into one of comedy's most fertile minds.
March 26, 2018
No wonder we laughed til it hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 26, 2018
The documentary shares that quality with its namesake notations. Written in punchy, scribbled prose, Shandling's journal entries show a side to the comedian that even archival interviews cannot.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 26, 2018
This biographical study, dipping into Shandling's private diaries and home movies, captures it all... in an artfully compiled two-parter (concluding tomorrow night) that is surprisingly, and unforgettably, spiritual and inspirational.
March 26, 2018
A funeral was the spark of Judd Apatow's big two-night, four-hour documentary on his comic mentor "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling"... And if Shandling was still around, he'd get the self-deprecating humor in that.
March 26, 2018
It's too long...While that's barely an interstitial if you're a Ken Burns fan, an hour or two into the Zen Diaries I started wishing Burns had made this tribute to Shandling instead of [Judd] Apatow.