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Broadway Idiot Reviews

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Kyle Ryan
AV Club
October 10, 2013
This documentary by rookie director Doug Hamilton plays more like a featurette on an American Idiot DVD than a stand-alone film.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
October 8, 2013
Less a documentary than a video souvenir playbill.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 11, 2013
If Broadway shows had DVD featurettes, the unexceptional documentary "Broadway Idiot" would be perfect for one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2013
"Broadway Idiot" has the controlled quality of something created to showcase the work and its participants only in the best possible light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jen Chaney
The Dissolve
October 10, 2013
Broadway Idiot [is] a spirited look at bringing American Idiot to the stage that lacks a strong narrative to propel it forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jim Harrington
San Jose Mercury News
October 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
October 17, 2013
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Odie Henderson
RogerEbert.com
October 11, 2013
There are some emotionally stunning and candid moments in this documentary, and they unfold without seeming forced or staged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 18, 2013
A tuneful, revealing, but superficial and undramatic documentary account of taking Green Day's "American Idiot" to Broadway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 14, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2013
Hamilton can't go too far wrong because American Idiot is such a killer collection of songs.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 17, 2013
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 10, 2013
As a chronicle of how one rock star slowly fell victim to the Broadway bug, it's kind of amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 11, 2013
Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay the film is to say this: I really want to see American Idiot on stage now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
October 9, 2013
For theater geeks, a key interest will be getting rare access to witness how a complex production comes together.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 10, 2013
There's no doubt you'll leave the movie either wishing you'd seen the show, or glad you did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 17, 2013
A pleasant if predictable documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2013
A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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