Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
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  1. There are times when the urban dialect is so thick, you wish the film came with subtitles.
  2. 55
    On the whole, this documentary is best-suited to hardcore fans.
  3. While their often-unclothed bodies are visible, their faces are replaced with digital "buttons" saying things like "Your ad here."
  4. Reviewed by: Nicole Campos
    An entertaining trip, one for which fandom in the genre isn't necessarily a prerequisite, though it doubtlessly helps.
  5. 40
    Fiore captures various artists horsing around with groupies, smoking dope and hanging out backstage, and cuts the material together in the kinetic but meaningless manner of MTV promos.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Hochman
    It delivers the stars in unguarded moments that should give fans--if not everyone--some kicks.
  7. 30
    People frequently cover the camera lens with their hands or refer to the "documentary" being filmed, as if to assure us that what we're seeing is real.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Lacks sufficient appeal beyond niche aficionados of its featured performers.
  9. 20
    Backstage isn't as good as the rap documentaries "Rhyme and Reason" and "The Show," but it still casts a keen, observant eye...on this world.
  10. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    If you're already a huge fan of any of these artists, this film will be a lovefest. For all others, it's a mild diversion at best.
  11. 10
    High-concept cinema this ain't.
  12. Reviewed by: David Segal
    Mostly, these guys carry on like spoiled children, complaining, roughhousing and badgering women to strip naked.

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