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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Director Emmanuelle Bercot's film offers a fascinating account of how a vulnerable star might mistake fan worship for something real. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The line separating "fan" from "fanatic" has never seemed as thin or as permeable as it does in this harrowing, and at times surprisingly humorous, case study from actress-turned-director Emmanuelle Bercot. show more

  • 88
    Aaron Hillis Premiere

    Under the clichéd spell of rock-and-roll promiscuity and pills popped, Seigner shows astonishing range as the detached superstar who still fixates on her ex-boyfriend and has mood swings like a manic-depressive on fast-forward. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    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? show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The results aren't gothic and bloody, as they were in the Lauren Bacall film "The Fan," or elegant and ironic as in the Bette Davis classic "All About Eve"--though the plot suggests a bit of both. show more

  • 60
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    An enjoyably overwrought meditation on the consequences of celebrity and the vicissitudes of fandom, Backstage stars Le Besco as the schoolgirl acolyte of Emmanuelle Seigner's pop diva, a singer-songwriter and high priestess of cheese. show more

  • 60
    Derek Elley Variety

    With its booming soundtrack of songs -- written by Laurent Marimbert and sung by Seigner herself -- and good chemistry between Le Besco and Seigner, pic at times has an operatic emotional intensity that will turn off some viewers but provide a guilty pleasure for others. show more

  • 50
    Carina Chocano Los Angeles Times

    As a take on celebrity as religious mass derangement, Backstage is nominally interesting. As a study of two characters, it's not very convincing. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    As long as it focuses on its feverishly needy central characters, neither of whom you would ever want to have as a friend, it remains true to itself. show more

  • 50
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    The limiting factor, despite serious performances by the two leads, is that neither character is entirely believable. show more

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