• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Peter Cattaneo
    In Theaters:
    Jun 12, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 27, 2009
  • Fox Atomic


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The Rocker Reviews

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Ali Gray

The Rocker is more Keane than Keith Moon: slow, safe and about as edgy as a tangerine.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Michael Dequina

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.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 0/4

February 12, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an agreeable, sporadically hilarious comedy that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly strong performances.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 6, 2009
David Cornelius

All premise and no purpose.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 29, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

November 21, 2008
Pete Hammond

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2008
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 18, 2008
John Hazelton
Screen International

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.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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As a movie, it may not rock, but it rolls along nicely enough.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

October 17, 2008
Anton Bitel

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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 17, 2008
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2008
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2008

Heart 106.2

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

Full Review Source: Heart 106.2 | Original Score: 6/10

October 17, 2008

Sun Online

Just the feelgood movie that everyone needs at the moment.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2008
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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

Full Review Source: Financial Times

October 17, 2008
Anthony Quinn

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

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2008
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