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Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Oct 11, 2013
    88
    I love this kind of backstage documentary, which is not surprising for someone who has "All That Jazz" and "All About Eve" on his all-time top ten list.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Oct 17, 2013
    70
    A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Oct 13, 2013
    70
    A straightforward account of the show’s journey from conception to rehearsal to Great White Way triumph, it effectively doubles as a traditional let’s-put-on-a-show musical in its own right, albeit one with heavier guitars.
  4. 63
    The film captures the magic and manic energy of the performances, the inventive choreography and spine-tingling tunes.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 17, 2013
    60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 10, 2013
    60
    As a chronicle of how one rock star slowly fell victim to the Broadway bug, it’s kind of amusing.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 10, 2013
    60
    The movie can’t help feeling like a vanity affair — a shot of novocaine, instead of a letter bomb.
  8. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Director Doug Hamilton was given extraordinary access from the very beginning, so that we see Green Day composer and lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong having some of his initial meetings with Broadway director Michael Mayer, who conceived the show.
  9. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Oct 14, 2013
    50
    The doc is slickly packaged, but it suffers from the pat reality-TV feel of manicured sound bites where greater candor and fly-on-the-wall observation might have been welcome.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 11, 2013
    50
    If Broadway shows had DVD featurettes, the unexceptional documentary Broadway Idiot would be perfect for one.
  11. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 8, 2013
    50
    As a stand-alone documentary, it begs for more conflict and a broader canvas from which to explore the contemporary theater scene.
  12. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 8, 2013
    40
    It contains more praise than insights, and, chopped into several sections, the documentary could easily become a series of featurettes in the "Extras" section of an American Idiot DVD. Yet Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong still commands the screen.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Oct 17, 2013
    38
    This movie doesn’t make the case. In fact, had they upped the absurdity a notch, it would rival the comedy of Christopher Guest’s let’s-put-on-a-show mockumentary, “Waiting for Guffman” (1996). As it stands, it plays like an infomercial.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Ryan
    Oct 9, 2013
    25
    This documentary by rookie director Doug Hamilton plays more like a featurette on an American Idiot DVD than a stand-alone film.

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