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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The movie can’t help feeling like a vanity affair — a shot of novocaine, instead of a letter bomb. show more

  • 50
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Odie Henderson RogerEbert.com

    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. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    The film captures the magic and manic energy of the performances, the inventive choreography and spine-tingling tunes. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    If Broadway shows had DVD featurettes, the unexceptional documentary Broadway Idiot would be perfect for one. show more

  • 38
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 60
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    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. show more

  • 50
    Jen Chaney The Dissolve

    As a stand-alone documentary, it begs for more conflict and a broader canvas from which to explore the contemporary theater scene. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary. show more

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