Seymour: An Introduction (film)

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Seymour: An Introduction
Seymour An Introduction IFC Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byEthan Hawke
StarringSeymour Bernstein
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • August 30, 2014 (2014-08-30) (Telluride)
  • March 13, 2015 (2015-03-13) (theatrical)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$743,541[1]

Seymour: An Introduction is a 2014 American documentary film.[2] Directed by Ethan Hawke, the film documents the career of Seymour Bernstein, a classical pianist who abandoned his rising career as a concert pianist at age 50 to retreat to a more modest, private life as a music educator and composer.[2] The film was released on March 13, 2015, by IFC Films. It has a 100% rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.


The film debuted on August 30, 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival.[3] At the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was second runner-up for the People's Choice Award for Best Documentary, behind Do I Sound Gay? and the winner, Beats of the Antonov.[4] in August 2014, it was announced IFC Films had acquired United States distribution rights to the film.[5] The film was released on March 13, 2015 in a limited release.[6]


The film has received positive reviews. As of July 2019, it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.76/10. The site's consensus reads: "Seymour Bernstein's genuineness shines so brightly in Seymour: An Introduction that viewers will forgive Ethan Hawke's reverent treatment".[7] It also has a Metacritic score of 83 based on 27 critics, indicating "Universal acclaim".[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Seymour: An Introduction (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Ethan Hawke 'Seymour' documentary is intimate portrait of pianist". Reuters, September 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Telluride Film Review: ‘Seymour: An Introduction’". Variety, August 31, 2014.
  4. ^ "TIFF: ‘The Imitation Game’ is People’s Choice". Global News, September 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ethan Hawke's Documentary 'Seymour: An Introduction' Bought by Sundance Selects". TheWrap. 28 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Seymour: An Introduction Trailer: Ethan Hawke Makes a Doc". /Film. 9 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Seymour: An Introduction". Rotten Tomatoes.
  8. ^ "Seymour: An Introduction". Metacritic.

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