The Rocker is more Keane than Keith Moon: slow, safe and about as edgy as a tangerine.
| Original Score: 3/5
More fun than a fifth of Rebel Yell and a bag of Quaaludes.
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.
| Original Score: 0/4
...an agreeable, sporadically hilarious comedy that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly strong performances.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
All premise and no purpose.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: B+
Just when you think the dog days of summer movies are upon us along comes a hilarious sleeper hit.
Uh, Mr. Projectionist? Could you stop the movie? I wanna get off now.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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.
As a movie, it may not rock, but it rolls along nicely enough.
| Original Score: 3/6
Amiable enough yet unadventurous and uneven, this may coax the odd big smile from viewers but it never rocks the house.
There are occasionally amusing moments, but the writing lacks the warmth that made School of Rock such a hit.
It all looks good and there's a decent cast but nothing really takes off.
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.
Worth your hard earned money if you're looking for some entertaining light entertainment.
| Original Score: 6/10
Just the feelgood movie that everyone needs at the moment.
| Original Score: 4/5
The film is untidy, cheery, sometimes amiable. If only it were funny too.
Director Peter Cattaneo will probably never repeat his Full Monty success, but even in its mediocre patches one senses a renewed eagerness to entertain.
The Rocker is certainly not This Is Spinal Tap, but it is fair to moderate entertainment and Rainn Wilson holds it all together energetically.