A poor man's Fame. If you can live with that, it makes for a somewhat entertaining experience.
Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic, 2003-08-22
You'll have trouble keeping your toes from tapping.
Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2003-08-15
The kids have energy to burn, and you can't help but marvel at the polish they bring to a variety of numbers from a variety of musicals.
Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 2003-08-15
Its earnest acting and brimming-over love for musicals are infectious, and most of its shopworn narrative devices play as tribute rather than trite.
Tom Sime, Dallas Morning News, 2003-08-15
Restraint and exuberance, joy and tenderness, and a cameo by the patron saint of musical theater, Stephen Sondheim.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2003-08-15
Occasional clumsiness is easily coated over by the movie's overarching goodwill.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post, 2003-08-08
Spiked with some genuine show-stopping musical numbers, and the sheer pluck of its young cast is nothing if not admirable.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2003-08-08
A comedy, and for all its cliches and clumsiness, close to a great one.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2003-08-08
The situations are mighty broad, but exuberance counts for something in the movie with perhaps the year's most double-edged title.
Mike Clark, USA Today, 2003-08-07
A soap-opera patchwork of worn backstage cliches.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2003-08-22
Fame may seem silly in retrospect, but Camp, with its dippy dialogue and characters revealing even less complexity than the ones from 42nd Street, arrives silly.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, 2003-08-21
Writer/director Graff doesn't give the kids much to work with, lumbering them with a script overloaded with gay cliches ... and lazy rip-offs.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2003-08-08
Graff so determinedly romanticizes his characters that he alienates all but the most musical-mad of audiences.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2003-08-08
Another of those summer movies that want to pluck at our heartstrings. If it would just stop plucking for a second, it might be enjoyable.
C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle, 2003-08-08
There are moments when you're not sure whether you're supposed to scoff with Camp, or at it.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2003-08-08