...one of the best movies about the theater I've ever seen...
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
A real charmer...
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
...a fantastic film...
—Chris Cabin filmcritic.com
...a charming, thankfully atypical film...
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
What do you say about a movie that proves Zac Efron can act, introduces a master thespian in Christian McKay and launches a charm assault that is damn near irresistible? I say, see it.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
...as a theatrical coming-of-age story, it's slight, only sporadically enjoyable and sometimes corny.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...an amiable period-piece showbiz comedy...
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
A lightweight but sincere coming-of-age story.
—Michael Mariani Premiere
The film's pleasures (such as they are), then, are to be found almost entirely in the meticulously recreated period design -- even as the brown-dominated color scheme, the constant blare of big-band horns on the soundtrack, and the glossiness of the sets tend to impart a frozen-in-amber quality, relegating the film to the realm of the comfortably historical.
—Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine