Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

New York Times Critics' Pick
117 mins.
Directed by Daniel Geller & Dayna Goldfine
PG-13
2022

HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.”

This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone.

Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.


“Likely to be a source of illumination for both die-hard and casual fans, and even to people who love Cohen’s most famous song without being aware that he wrote it.” A.O. Scott. A New York Times Critic's Pick!