A comedy, and for all its cliches and clumsiness, close to a great one. full review
There are moments when you're not sure whether you're supposed to scoff with Camp, or at it. full review
Like that summer holiday -- that vacation -- that you hope will never end. full review
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. full review
A soap-opera patchwork of worn backstage cliches.
A poor man's Fame. If you can live with that, it makes for a somewhat entertaining experience.
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. full review
You'll have trouble keeping your toes from tapping. full review
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.
Its earnest acting and brimming-over love for musicals are infectious, and most of its shopworn narrative devices play as tribute rather than trite. full review
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. full review
Graff so determinedly romanticizes his characters that he alienates all but the most musical-mad of audiences.
Occasional clumsiness is easily coated over by the movie's overarching goodwill. full review
Spiked with some genuine show-stopping musical numbers, and the sheer pluck of its young cast is nothing if not admirable. full review
Restraint and exuberance, joy and tenderness, and a cameo by the patron saint of musical theater, Stephen Sondheim. full review