The Terms of My Surrender
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The Terms of My Surrender
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The Terms of My Surrender NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(307 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
Members say
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the Show

Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' brings his powers of provocation to the stage in this world premiere one-man play.

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Member Reviews (307)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
57
Indulgent, Boring, Excruciatingly slow, Rambling, Moments of relevance

See it if You want to see an icon of political activism rambling as an uncle reminiscing tangentially at Thanksgiving. Relevant and fun first 30 min.

Don't see it if Read one of his books instead. It's rudderless and rambling. Zero sense of timing and audience engagement. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
50
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Long, Unfocused

See it if The show & Moore start off strong. Some great funny, entertaining & interesting moments in beginning. As the show moves past the 45min mark

Don't see it if Moore's stories start to drag. The audience participation & interview were PAINFULLY long. He doesn't understand importance of pacing/timing Read more

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Inspiring

See it if you're ok w/ a non-show show. TERMS isn't typical theater, but I was thoroughly engaged. MM will convince you to fight the good fight.

Don't see it if you're conservative or want a typical B'way show. I put off going, but I'm glad I went. You'll feel braver, stronger, more focused on action Read more

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
76
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Repetitive, Long, Profound

See it if You are liberal or anti-trump. You like well told stories. You want your eyes opened to some scary stuff.

Don't see it if You are a Trump supporter. You don't like Michael Moore or political satire.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
76
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if well told funny stories with a political edge interest you. The events of Michael Moore's life are extremely entertaining.

Don't see it if you are not interested in political rhetoric. There is no play no drama but lots of character.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
78
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're a Michael Moore fan, don't like Donald Trump or Republicans, interested in Moore's development and enjoy laughing & a call to action

Don't see it if you are a die-hard Trump fan or evil captain of industry, can't stand the films & actions of Michael Moore, think the US is doing well

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
84
Entertaining, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Politically it's 'preaching to the choir' which is fine (& well handled) It's the personal antidotes from Moore's life that fascinate/shine

Don't see it if Moore's 'shaggy-dog' persona sometimes grates & can feel calculated, The special guest spot sucks energy from the show

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
83
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a liberal/progressive, dislike Trump, or are open to ideas about how to change the government/world for the better.

Don't see it if You will never, ever change your staunchly conservative opinions, or do not think political rhetoric of any kind belongs on Broadway.

Critic Reviews (50)

The New York Times
August 10th, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
August 11th, 2017

"In its best moments, 'The Terms of My Surrender' is amusing, informative, even inspiring. But it is also compromised by familiarity, oversimplification and indulgence...While Moore has excelled in his role as a progressive gadfly in books and documentaries, onstage he is less assured; he does not yet know how to control his audience, his tone or his time...By the time he reaches the climax—about poisoned water in his hometown of Flint, Michigan—the crowd is restless."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 10th, 2017

"That should be uplifting. Moore wants to uplift...So why does 'The Terms of My Surrender' feel so uninspiring? First of all, because it’s almost entirely unsurprising...Feels like a live version of my Facebook feed: a few good stories and a boatload of preaching to the choir...'The Terms of My Surrender' might look like a play, but make no mistake: This is not theater...The best moments in 'The Terms of My Surrender' come when Michael Moore pauses for a moment simply to tell us a story."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 10th, 2017

"'Surrender' reveals Moore to be a warmly funny and engaging raconteur, presiding over an evening of surprising emotional depths...Smart enough not to fall into the trap of simply preaching to the choir, Moore makes the evening partly autobiographical...The evening, cleverly staged by Michael Mayer, is not just an illustrated lecture. It has a vibrantly theatrical, variety-show atmosphere...The joyous finale, which again relies on the element of surprise, sends the audience out on a high."
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Variety
August 10th, 2017

"Moore makes his revolutionary pitch with surprising sweetness...Although he charms the audience into a group sing, he’s determined not to preach to the choir, preferring to make his political points through stealth...One terrific effect really puts across his best story, about a librarian who saved his bacon...The personal anecdotes are interesting, but that librarian story illustrates the main message of this rally—that 'one person out of nowhere can make a revolution.'"
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The Observer
August 11th, 2017

“A funny, colorful and totally entertaining one-man show…I expected to be challenged, embarrassed, provoked and possibly enraged by so many condensed and concentrated opinions at one sitting. What I did not expect, in the bargain, was to have such a good time…Regardless of your politics, he’s so persuasive and charming that you end up agreeing with him in spite of yourself. You also learn things.”
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Deadline
August 10th, 2017

"Moore is at ease onstage and projects a jolly conspiratorial air...But the show is a rambling, ramshackle affair that careens between shtick and sober business, and both ends of that spectrum suffer...'The Terms of My Surrender' is heartfelt and represents the thinking and ideology of a crucial voice of dissent and opposition. But it’s a lazy show that severely underestimates it audience. Preaching to the choir is one thing; pandering to it is of a somewhat lower order."
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The Washington Post
August 10th, 2017

"Less a jaunty excursion than an unvarnished ego trip, the show is a slog through cringe-inducing skits and only occasionally engaging anecdotes...Much of 'The Terms of My Surrender' lurches from topic to topic in this manner, with Moore seated in an easy chair or hovering over a desk, uncertainly reaching into memory for his next line...'The Terms of My Surrender' doesn’t have much of a game plan. That goes as much for its theatrical goals as its political ones."
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