65 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 88.
The New York Times
"One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by...A Broadway rarity seldom found these days outside of the canon of Stephen Sondheim: an honest-to-God musical for grown-ups...Directed by David Cromer with an inspired inventiveness that never calls attention to itself, 'The Band’s Visit' flows with the grave and joyful insistence of life itself...Close to perfect musically...A miraculous show."
"'The Band's Visit' activates emotions that we would normally avoid in order to push through the hectic tedium of each day...Classical Middle Eastern scales and American jazz seamlessly fuse to create a sophisticated new sound. Through lyrics that are both clever and sincere, Yazbek gorgeously conveys a highly uncommon Broadway love story...The most beautiful musical on Broadway, and the bravest."
"The set’s a bit grander and the music sounds richer, but success hasn’t spoiled this embraceable musical fable...Broadway theatergoers looking for something off-the-beaten-musical-track should be charmed by this unassuming show...This disarming musical has the emotional depth that holds up to repeated viewings and the offbeat charm that could make it a cult hit."
“The Band's Visit” was also reviewed by Dana Schwartz of Entertainment Weekly, Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Michael Portantiere of Talkin' Broadway, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Michael Schulman of New Yorker, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Matt Windman of AM New York, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, and Jordan Hoffman of The Times of Israel.
The show was also reviewed by 404 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Enchanting, Great singing, Slow, Delightful
See it if…"You’re up for captivating Middle Eastern music; you don't expect 'The Band's Visit' to be upbeat or to surpass all the other musicals playing."
Don't see it if…"You’ll miss the emotional roller coaster rides that are Broadway's specialty—'The Band's Visit' is consistently pleasing but emotionally temperate."
See it if…"You enjoy sweet, simple, earnest stories about people of different backgrounds reaching out to each other, trying to make connections."
Don't see it if…"You need lots of excitement and big plot twists or you don't enjoy music with a Middle Eastern bent. "
Nicole A, ShowScore: 86
See it if…"You're interested in a calm portrayal of the human connection. the music is wonderful, Katrina Lenk is amazing. overall it's very charming."
Don't see it if…"You want a big splashy musical that is plot driven or want big songs and sets and fluff. not much happens in this story."
Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.