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Celebrity obsession leads a French teen to track down her favorite singer following a disastrous staged television encounter between the pair in the feature debut from director Emmanuelle Bercot. The music of pop superstar Lauren (Emmanuelle Seigner) has a profound effect on the quiet life of teen admirer Lucie (Isild Le Besco), but when Lauren suddenly appears on Lucie's doorstep as part of a promotional campaign, the starstruck teen is left reeling when her idol serenades her with a love song in front of millions of viewers. Determined to have a genuine encounter with her idol sans the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Backstage doesn't really tell us much about the world of rock musicians, or the mental workings of their scariest fans."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A complex psychological thriller that serves as a modern-day, darker variation on All About Eve."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A weakly conceived drama with a central performance that serves as the final nail in the coffin."
‑ Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
"While le Besco and Seigner are always interesting, the familiar material isn't worth the detour."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Depicting the thorny relationship shared by pop star and fan, Backstage radiates not the nostalgic sentimentality of Almost Famous but raw, pathetic, obsessive desperation."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Backstage reveals a tender, creepy transaction between idol and idolator."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"An enjoyably overwrought meditation on the consequences of celebrity and the vicissitudes of fandom."
‑ Jessica Grose, L.A. Weekly
"Spine-tingling suspense comes from a young girl ... undeterred by a star's confession that she really can't offer any of the validation that her fans so desperately crave."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"The real fun of the piece, however, is Seigner, who plays the downhill diva to the hilt, throwing cell phones and tantrums that would put Naomi Campbell to shame."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Almost unnervingly feral in the same vein as actresses Samantha Morton or Sylvie Testud, [Isild] Le Besco's hysterically-pitched outbursts overpower everyone else onscreen, even Emmanuelle Seigner's boozy, uninhibited Lauren."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"From that very first scene, which plays like a berserk fantasy erupting into the movie's 'reality,' I found Backstage almost impossible to believe."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Backstage's main problem is [director] Bercot's insistence on pumping an essentially comic story full of existential dread."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"My problem is with Isild Le Besco: She tends to be a bit of a blank and doesn't project any sort of personality. Her blandness may seem appropriate for the roles in which she is cast, but when she is on screen, the movie comes to a dead halt."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"A creepy look at the borderline personalities on both sides of the line between celebrity and citizen."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Undeniably rousing... Seigner shows astonishing range... Even more tremendous is Le Besco, whose blank, teary-eyed gazes and guarded battles against her own immaturity feel painfully frank."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
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