- Cliché Storm: A common complaint in reviews was that the "art vs. love" plot was well-worn and the characters and setting one-dimensional.
- Critical Dissonance: Downplayed. This show was roasted by critics, but even though it played one of the larger Broadway houses, it managed to outlast several other musicals that opened in the spring of 2016 (Tuck Everlasting, Bright Star, American Psycho, and Shuffle Along) — without any critical or awards support. It's up in the air, however, if it would have run longer than April 2017 had Harry Potter and the Cursed Child not decided to move into the Lyric Theatre.
- Ho Yay: The aerial act by 'the twins' during the Cleopatra scene drips with it.
YMMV / Paramour