This documentary seems to carry its own satire within. Most of the performances of Cohen's songs by other artists are incredibly awkward, I turned it off after 20 minutes or so. 20 minutes of my life that I won't get back, glad I did at least the dishes while watching. BEWARE.
Introduced me to Leonard Cohen and made me immediately check out his great music. So, the tribute and the interviews managed to make me curious, three stars for that. Worthwhile also if one likes the performers who interpret his songs. Other than that, not much of a documentary, will looks elsewhere to get a better sense of his life and the cultural context in which he was writing his songs and poems.
A montage of documentary fragments, interview statements and word droppings and excerpts from the Sidney tribute show doesn't make a sensible and good movie. I also can't share the positive remarks about the concert: Most arrangements are boring, the background singers are sometimes unbearable, and the performances of artists like Beth Orton are sometimes awfully overblown - like if they perform a religious ritual.
A fairly good performance film of a tribute concert to Leonard Cohen shot in Sydney in 2005 made more interesting by commentary and clips by/of Mr. Cohen himself. Good mix of performers with Antony, Martha Wainwright and Julie Christensen coming off best. Interesting comment by Cohen musing about touring again some years before the amazing tour that followed that put every performance in this film to shame.
this gets 3 stars because it does have a few really, really excellent performances that are well worth watching - but perhaps as clips, on their own. as a documentary about cohen, it's pretty bad. ladies and gentlemen: my leonard cohen from 1966 is far more interesting and insightful (and has already been linked below).