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Backstage Reviews

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January 11, 2007
My problem is with Isild Le Besco: She tends to be a bit of a blank and doesn't project any sort of personality. Her blandness may seem appropriate for the roles in which she is cast, but when she is on screen, the movie comes to a dead halt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 10, 2007
A weakly conceived drama with a central performance that serves as the final nail in the coffin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 1, 2007
From that very first scene, which plays like a berserk fantasy erupting into the movie's 'reality,' I found Backstage almost impossible to believe.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 1, 2006
While le Besco and Seigner are always interesting, the familiar material isn't worth the detour.
December 2, 2006
Backstage's main problem is [director] Bercot's insistence on pumping an essentially comic story full of existential dread.
Read More | Original Score: C-
March 8, 2007
Backstage doesn't really tell us much about the world of rock musicians, or the mental workings of their scariest fans.
Read More | Original Score: C
July 13, 2006
Undeniably rousing... Seigner shows astonishing range... Even more tremendous is Le Besco, whose blank, teary-eyed gazes and guarded battles against her own immaturity feel painfully frank.
November 21, 2006
Depicting the thorny relationship shared by pop star and fan, Backstage radiates not the nostalgic sentimentality of Almost Famous but raw, pathetic, obsessive desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2006
There's a pleasing tension in the air as their relationship comes to seem like something of a contest: With two women this needy, who will out-crazy the other?
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2006
An enjoyably overwrought meditation on the consequences of celebrity and the vicissitudes of fandom.
February 1, 2007
Spine-tingling suspense comes from a young girl ... undeterred by a star's confession that she really can't offer any of the validation that her fans so desperately crave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2006
Almost unnervingly feral in the same vein as actresses Samantha Morton or Sylvie Testud, [Isild] Le Besco's hysterically-pitched outbursts overpower everyone else onscreen, even Emmanuelle Seigner's boozy, uninhibited Lauren.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 22, 2006
Director Emmanuelle Bercot's film offers a fascinating account of how a vulnerable star might mistake fan worship for something real.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2006
When Lauren (Emmanuelle Seigner) unwisely allows her biggest fan, Lucie (Isild Le Besco ), into her life, we know that little good can come of it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 22, 2006
A creepy look at the borderline personalities on both sides of the line between celebrity and citizen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 9, 2006
As megastar Lauren, Seigner (who also sings) is a plausibly charismatic mix of ego and neurosis, while de Besco is outstanding as teenager Lucie.
February 2, 2007
Backstage reveals a tender, creepy transaction between idol and idolator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2005
Backstage at times has an operatic emotional intensity that will turn off some viewers but provide a guilty pleasure for others.
November 22, 2006
The real fun of the piece, however, is Seigner, who plays the downhill diva to the hilt, throwing cell phones and tantrums that would put Naomi Campbell to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2006
A complex psychological thriller that serves as a modern-day, darker variation on All About Eve.
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