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Stagedoor (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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Pack your bags for a trip to a Catskills summer camp where the stars of tomorrow go to prepare for their shot at the big time as filmmaker Alexandra Shiva allows viewers a fly-on-the-wall perspective of Stagedoor Manor, the illustrious training ground for such notable Hollywood heavyweights as Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Natalie Portman. This is the story of five Broadway hopefuls willing to sacrifice their sun-soaked days of carefree fun in hopes of realizing their dreams of

Aug 22, 2006

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... charming documentary ...

August 25, 2006
New Yorker
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Although Stagedoor has its enjoyable observational moments in its depiction of budding young entertainers stretching their wings, it also has an aimless quality.

July 18, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Shiva's most impressive achievement here is her ability to communicate universal verities through specific details.

May 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Watching these pint-sized Lizas resuscitate a dying popular art in a ghost-town vacation resort, you don't know whether to laugh or cry for the loony resilience of the Broadway spirit.

May 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Shiva has a sensitive eye for rarefied outcasts.

May 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Performing is something [these kids] need to do. And Stagedoor shows them doing it -- blindly, bravely, determinedly.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Totally appealing documentary on aspiring theatrical performers at summer camp.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Age and experience questions aside, you want to see more really breakthrough performances.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Fans of Todd Graff's endearing Camp will also enjoy Alexandra Shiva's documentary about Stagedoor Manor, the real-life Catskills summer workshop that inspired Graff's Camp Ovation.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The documentary only scratches the surface of these lives, but it remains goodhearted and agreeable throughout.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

... bears an unfortunate resemblance to one of the ambitious three-week productions the Stagedoor Manor campers strive to put on.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Divas-in-training, overacting, pouting, and enough angst to fill a season of reality TV... but there are also some terrific performances by some extremely talented kids.

April 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

If you're already a self-acknowledged Theater Geek, you'll find a lot to enjoy in Stagedoor. And if you're not, you'll probably have a good time anyway.

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Stagedoor

I LOVED this movie and I usually don't do documentaries. It's pretty misleading to list all of it's major alumni like they appear in this movie because they don't but I enjoyed it for the drama and tenderness. I have a major soft spot for movies about kids at summer camp. Maybe because I like the relationships between teens.
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