Stagedoor Reviews

April 21, 2007
Totally appealing documentary on aspiring theatrical performers at summer camp.
March 1, 2007
Age and experience questions aside, you want to see more really breakthrough performances.
August 25, 2006
... charming documentary ...
July 18, 2006
Although Stagedoor has its enjoyable observational moments in its depiction of budding young entertainers stretching their wings, it also has an aimless quality.
May 30, 2006
Shiva's most impressive achievement here is her ability to communicate universal verities through specific details.
May 30, 2006
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
Shiva has a sensitive eye for rarefied outcasts.
May 26, 2006
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
Performing is something [these kids] need to do. And Stagedoor shows them doing it -- blindly, bravely, determinedly.
May 26, 2006
Alexandra Shiva's Stagedoor is a sloppy and only mildly engaging documentary about Stagedoor Manor, a legendary summer performing-arts camp in the Catskills.
May 26, 2006
The movie jumps from scene to scene, too scattered to make a strong connection with anything, or anyone, in particular.
May 25, 2006
This sketchy documentary portrait of a summer camp for teenagers with Broadway stars in their eyes remains a cool distance from its subject.
May 19, 2006
... unimaginative but diverting ...
April 28, 2006
The documentary only scratches the surface of these lives, but it remains goodhearted and agreeable throughout.
December 6, 2005
... bears an unfortunate resemblance to one of the ambitious three-week productions the Stagedoor Manor campers strive to put on.
April 7, 2005
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.
March 22, 2005
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.