This documentary by rookie director Doug Hamilton plays more like a featurette on an American Idiot DVD than a stand-alone film.
| Original Score: D
Less a documentary than a video souvenir playbill.
If Broadway shows had DVD featurettes, the unexceptional documentary "Broadway Idiot" would be perfect for one.
| Original Score: 2/4
"Broadway Idiot" has the controlled quality of something created to showcase the work and its participants only in the best possible light.
Broadway Idiot [is] a spirited look at bringing American Idiot to the stage that lacks a strong narrative to propel it forward.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
In all, the film features too many interviews with folks saying the same things (summary: "We didn't know this was going to work") and too much behind-the-scenes material, but not enough music.
Fans of Green Day might find it harder to get the same rush out of the band's music after watching this extended, self-congratulatory PR plug for the 2009 stage adaptation of their 2004 album, "American Idiot."
| Original Score: 1.5/4
There are some emotionally stunning and candid moments in this documentary, and they unfold without seeming forced or staged.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A tuneful, revealing, but superficial and undramatic documentary account of taking Green Day's "American Idiot" to Broadway.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Vibrant & colorful. The documentary emphasizes the positive and tends to gloss over any backstage tensions. Still, it is a fine testament to a great modern musical.
| Original Score: B+
A film about both [creative] challenges and choices... Broadway Idiot does a good job of tapping into the source material's thick veins of feeling.
| Original Score: B
Hamilton can't go too far wrong because American Idiot is such a killer collection of songs.
"Broadway Idiot" is entertaining enough. Certainly if you're a Green Day fan, it's something close to essential. But it never goes too deeply into anything.
| Original Score: 3/5
As a chronicle of how one rock star slowly fell victim to the Broadway bug, it's kind of amusing.
Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay the film is to say this: I really want to see American Idiot on stage now.
| Original Score: 3/4
For theater geeks, a key interest will be getting rare access to witness how a complex production comes together.
There's no doubt you'll leave the movie either wishing you'd seen the show, or glad you did.
A pleasant if predictable documentary ...
A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary ...