• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 16, 2018
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 14, 2018
    100
    It’s a master class in pacing, dynamics, modulation of volume and tone, and the film brings you right up onstage with Springsteen, giving you a more intimate view of his technique--understated, seemingly casual but absolutely controlled--than you could get in the theater. Each expression, gesture, artful hesitation and sly punch line is zeroed in on, framed for our appreciation.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Willman
    Dec 13, 2018
    98
    The act of emotion and physicality that is “Springsteen on Broadway” is a kind of miracle in which the greatest singular rock star we’ve ever had turns out to be as much of a sensitive endurance artist on Spalding Gray’s ground as he is on childhood hero Elvis’ turf--and as healing a presence as Anne Lamott or even Maya Angelou, incarnated as a cool rockin’ daddy on the Great White Way.
  3. Reviewed by: David Anthony
    Dec 14, 2018
    91
    Like many of the all-time great concert films, Springsteen On Broadway is no substitute for being in the room, but it’s power transcends any perceived limitations. Springsteen On Broadway sets a standard for all musicians entering their twilight years, as the man up on stage offers his most moving work in a catalog full of them.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Dec 7, 2018
    91
    Springsteen’s spare, revealing self-tribute is a profound testament to his gifts as a storyteller, and Zimny has no interest in breaking that spell. ... On Broadway, he’s venerating his legend by dismantling his myth; he’s revealing how he became an icon in order to make us believe in myths of our own.
  5. Reviewed by: Randy Lewis
    Dec 13, 2018
    90
    Zimny, Springsteen’s collaborator on a number of previous film projects, has done a remarkable job capturing the intimacy, the honesty, the inspiration and the music of “Springsteen on Broadway.” His film honors the show’s spirit without engaging in any fussy camera work, backstage interviews or other behind-the-scenes material. ... It’s just Springsteen and his words, which, as in his songs, is often effusive, visually evocative and emotionally charged.
  6. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Dec 13, 2018
    85
    The power of Springsteen’s show radiates from the screen, seizing the viewer with its sincerity.
  7. 80
    It’s a surprisingly meta presentation, at times feeling like as much of a storytelling workshop as a musical autobiography. The parts where Springsteen highlights the difference between the stories that he’s known for telling and who he actually is are the most revealing sections, more frank and unadorned than the genuinely affectionate yet blatantly mythologized portraits of his father, his mother, his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, and his longtime wife and bandmate Patti Scialfa, who briefly joins him onstage.
  8. 50
    Springsteen’s attempts to conjure up a spell, while they probably worked on the stage, are constantly shattered by Thom Zimny’s cuts and disengaged zooms.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    Springsteen's Broadway show transfers beautifully to television. The presentation is elemental; Springsteen narrates his deeply personalSpringsteen's Broadway show transfers beautifully to television. The presentation is elemental; Springsteen narrates his deeply personal stories, illustrated with beautiful acoustic performances of some of the greatest songs. Its frequently tearfully moving, but interspersed with self-deprecating humour. I'm not sure any other rock superstar could perform with such grace and flair. Full Review »
  2. Dec 31, 2018
    8
    To properly appreciate the show one has to consider the number years that Springsteen has been at this. His book was a rather boring read butTo properly appreciate the show one has to consider the number years that Springsteen has been at this. His book was a rather boring read but the live presentation is quite engaging. His self depreciation and his acknowledge of his own talent are interesting albeit conflicting revelations. The depth of personal experience in some of his songs is great to hear about. And just like one his concerts, despite all that he gives, he leaves you wanting more. Full Review »