REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Terms of My Surrender” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Aug 11, 2017
“The Terms of My Surrender,” written by Michael Moore and directed by Michael Mayer, opened on August 10, 2017 in New York City. “The Terms of My Surrender,” written by Michael Moore and directed by Michael Mayer, opened on August 10, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

24 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 65.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 20 
"A bit like being stuck at Thanksgiving dinner with a garrulous, self-regarding, time-sucking uncle...It falls short of offering seriously useful ideas about how individuals can make a difference...I actively resisted plenty of material that might otherwise be amenable to me politically...For theatergoers expecting anything theatrical, the evening, directed as if with hands thrown up in resignation by Mayer, will prove fairly grim...Moore’s not preaching to the choir: He’s bragging to it."

Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 75
"Comes as close to being a campaign rally as anything you are likely to see on Broadway...And yet this shaggy but enjoyable evening, an autobiographical solo show spliced with a rabble-rousing call to arms against the reigning political regime, contains more surprises—and more funny diversions—than I expected...Moore's film persona, the goofy comic pest with a serious mission, translates with surprising ease to the stage."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 55
"A disappointingly inoffensive summer solo show...Director Mayer seems to have left Moore to his shtick, even when it feels painfully under-rehearsed...The autobiographical portion of the show is the most effective...These segments may resemble a self-serving memoir recited live onstage, but it's a great read. Still, if the lesson of Moore's life is to take risks and speak truth to power, he doesn't apply it to this endeavor...Delivers liberal catnip to an audience eager to wallow in it."
“The Terms of My Surrender” was also reviewed by Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Jake Nevins of The Guardian (UK), Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Michael Portantiere of Talkin' Broadway, Charles McNulty of Los Angeles Times, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Diane Snyder of The Telegraph (UK), Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, and Matt Windman of AM New York.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 51 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 81.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

EE0814, ShowScore: 72 
See it if…"You are a Michael Moore fan, like to hear insightful stories, dislike our current president, or want to empower yourself politically." 
Don't see it if…"You aren't super liberal."
Heltondrew, ShowScore: 82
See it if…"You LOVE Michael Moore and agree with his political stances. If so, the show is a riot!" 
Don't see it if…"You are a Republican. This ain't the show for you (which I think you could kind of figure out)." 

Bruce 6, ShowScore: 62 
See it if…"You want to hear entertaining stories of how young Michael Moore became an activist, and a searing indictment of the Flint lead scandal."
Don't see it if…"Unlike Billy Crystal, Moore is missing the chops to carry a one-man show; it's a combo of political rally, game show, and personal stories, not a compelling show."

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