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The Rocker (2008)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 72

With a predictable and lightweight story, the earnest efforts of the cast are squandered by The Rocker's bland script.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 21

With a predictable and lightweight story, the earnest efforts of the cast are squandered by The Rocker's bland script.



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The Office star Rainn Wilson portrays a drummer named "Fish," who gets a second shot at fame 20 years after getting kicked out of his band on the very night they signed the record contract that made them stars. Fish has spent the past two decades languishing at soul-crushing day jobs while his old bandmates became legends, continuing to grace magazine covers and dominate the radio. He might just get another chance at musical success, however, when his teenage cousin invites him to drum for his


Drama, Comedy

Maya Forbes, M. Wallace Wolodarsky

Jan 27, 2009


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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (72) | DVD (11)

A whacked-out, superannuated, would-be rock star might seem to be too easy a comic target, but Wilson gives this sad sack so many fresh twists that he never wears out his welcome.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
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As a movie, it may not rock, but it rolls along nicely enough.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's a slave to formula, and it hits its marks satisfyingly enough to make for a pleasant time-passer, but Wilson and a loaded supporting cast are never as funny as they should be.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The Rocker has the requisite vomit, the view of some very unfortunate hind quarters and the suds. It's also got a vein of sweetness and charm.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The melody of The Rocker feels predictable but the beat is refreshingly off-kilter.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The film equivalent of an inoffensive throwaway track, what we used to call a B-side, back in the days of Vesuvius.

August 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The Rocker is more Keane than Keith Moon: slow, safe and about as edgy as a tangerine.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

More fun than a fifth of Rebel Yell and a bag of Quaaludes.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Just because one is a scene stealer on TV does not mean he or she is big screen material, period, much less a movie star.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: agreeable, sporadically hilarious comedy that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly strong performances.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

All premise and no purpose.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source:

Just when you think the dog days of summer movies are upon us along comes a hilarious sleeper hit.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

Uh, Mr. Projectionist? Could you stop the movie? I wanna get off now.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The moments don't add up to much, though, and the dramatic arc ends up feeling even narrower than it usually is in this kind of story.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

This rock music comedy does has a few chuckles and belly laughs. And unlike a few other smug, self-satisfied comedies that have come along recently, this one at least seems to have a heart at its center.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Amiable enough yet unadventurous and uneven, this may coax the odd big smile from viewers but it never rocks the house.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

There are occasionally amusing moments, but the writing lacks the warmth that made School of Rock such a hit.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It all looks good and there's a decent cast but nothing really takes off.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

Essentially covering the same playlist as Jack Black's School of Rock, The Rocker is a good-natured, live-the-dream lark in which the one-liners score hits but the slapstick continually misses.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Worth your hard earned money if you're looking for some entertaining light entertainment.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Heart 106.2 | Comment (1)
Heart 106.2

Just the feelgood movie that everyone needs at the moment.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The film is untidy, cheery, sometimes amiable. If only it were funny too.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Director Peter Cattaneo will probably never repeat his Full Monty success, but even in its mediocre patches one senses a renewed eagerness to entertain.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent

The Rocker is certainly not This Is Spinal Tap, but it is fair to moderate entertainment and Rainn Wilson holds it all together energetically.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for The Rocker

Only funny when it wants to be, "The Rocker" embraces the rocker-lifestyle stereotype, but does not fully deliver on a compelling enough story to satisfy me all the way through. Most of the time, the film feels like it is trying to be exactly like School of Rock but with a little more dark humour, and I didn't mind that, but most of the gags fall flat. It's not a bad movie, in fact, by the time the third act begins, it's quite enjoyable, which makes a very average comedy overall. I feel like this film could have had more to it, but there you go. "The Rocker" is a misfire in most areas, but it's not a bad film. With a dumb script, cheesy acting, and a borderline pedofile-esque plot line, this film is a one-and-done movie.
June 1, 2013
KJ Proulx

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I saw this mainly for the brilliant Rainn Wilson and although I did enjoy it it wasn't quite as funny as I was hoping, or as it could of been methinks.
A slightly more mature 'School of Rock' type of plot which does work better with teens rather than kids but it just doesn't have quite enough cheek to it. Not outright soft porn but it could of done with being alittle bit more edgy as its dealing with rock n roll. Some good laugh moments but again not quite laugh out loud, more of a chuckle, but Wilson does make it better than it should be (straight to DVD rip of 'School of Rock' haha), and the rest of the cast do fit in pretty well too. One thing that did stand out over 'School of Rock' was the people and music in this film actually do come across as real rockers with real tunes, it all looks much more authentic, which helps of course.

Nice film with Wilson summing up the old sweaty has been drummer part very nicely, almost a surprise classic but not quite.
February 9, 2012

Super Reviewer

Despite the energy and charisma of Rainn Wilson, The Rocker, have just a few funny scenes, bad script and that show a waste of talent by Wilson, others good comedians and the director of Dear Rosie and The Full Monty, Peter Cattaneo. Rotten.
December 4, 2011
Lucas Martins

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    1. Robert "Fish" Fishman: Some people carry a rabbits foot...I like to rock a pocket of puke.
    – Submitted by Melissa T (2 years ago)
    1. Robert "Fish" Fishman: 1991 called, they want their teen angst back.
    2. Amelia: They just called again, they want their joke back.
    – Submitted by Jiashu X (2 years ago)
    1. Robert "Fish" Fishman: I will drag you down to Hell, I will eat your souls!
    – Submitted by Sean C (2 years ago)
    1. Robert "Fish" Fishman: I'm a golden fish!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
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