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  • Summary: Nestled into the Catskill mountains, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center serves as a summertime haven for aspiring teenage actors, singers, and dancers. Directed by Alexandra Shiva, this documentary explores the unique experience that Stagedoor offers and examines how important it is for young people to feel they belong, even if that feeling only comes around once a year. Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Naturally there's plenty of adolescent drama both on stage and off, and if the film ultimately feels a little thin, that's also to be expected.
  2. The problem is, Shiva found so many inspirational moments that she wasn't able to edit them into proper focus. As a result, the movie jumps from scene to scene, too scattered to make a strong connection with anything, or anyone, in particular.
  3. Reviewed by: Jorge Morales
    Shiva has a sensitive eye for rarefied outcasts.
  4. 50
    For a documentary about drama and all those who love it, director Alexandra Shiva's lukewarm study displays very little of it.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Stagedoor features unremarkable rehearsal footage (exhibitionists make poor subjects for vérité documentaries) and thoughtful but unsurprising interviews with camp counselors and parents.
  6. Stagedoor is like leafing through a collection of snapshots assembled with few captions and no text.
  7. 38
    A sloppy and only mildly engaging documentary.

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  1. BrendonB.
    May 31, 2006
    This small gem of a verite documentary shows a deep respect for its five main subjects: three girls and two boys attending Stagedoor Manor performing arts summer camp. It is graceful, filled with humor, and I heartily recommend you see it if you have the chance, especially if you enjoy musical theater and/or documentary filmmaking. Expand