The Rocker Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 21, 2008
Is it possible for a movie to actually kill rock n' roll?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
August 22, 2008
I don't doubt you can find some sort of enjoyment in watching The Rocker, but it's just one of those movies you'll forget about in a couple days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 21, 2008
I felt nothing for the characters, and worse, I didn't care if Fish confronted his old band members and got even.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 20, 2008
The Rocker feels safe, a long way from the cutting edge, a PG guy in a PG-13 movie, a comedy with too much 'parental guidance' to be rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2008
Like its protagonist, the movie is sweet but slow and a little out of date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 22, 2008
This is pre-packaged entertainment, a product designed to give bored teenagers something to watch on a Friday or Saturday night when steamy summer nights are getting longer and Labor Day is just around the corner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 22, 2008
Wilson's amiably wild-eyed performance hits all the scripted notes in a comedy that is mostly tone-deaf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 20, 2008
Tuneless execution, with flat writing and inharmonious direction as noticeable as Motley Crue's eyeliner. Or Whitesnake's snakeskin pants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 20, 2008
It's too bad the unambitious Rocker didn't give those fine performers more to do. As it is, it's only half a screenplay, and theirs is the half that's missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Anton Bitel
Film4
October 17, 2008
Amiable enough yet unadventurous and uneven, this may coax the odd big smile from viewers but it never rocks the house.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 19, 2008
A wealth of creative talent can't alter the fact that Rocker is merely a passable goof-off, and one less challenging or fun than a night spent playing Rock Band.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 26, 2008
The pratfalls and naked jokes don't eek out enough humor, and Wilson's Fish never becomes someone you can truly root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
John Hazelton
Screen International
October 18, 2008
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 20, 2008
If only the movie had some bite, some edge, some anger, some insight. Instead it's generic, staying far away from the darker temptations of the rock scene.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
August 22, 2008
The Rocker ends up doing more to whet appetites for School of Rock 2 than it does to actually entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
Stephen Silver
The Trend
August 20, 2008
The film gets credit for heart, and a certain amount of rock 'n' roll spirit, but that's about it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Otto
ReelzChannel.com
June 17, 2008
Rainn Wilson has already been typecast as "that weird, crazy guy" in every role he plays, but he seems capable of more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 18, 2008
I guess if you like Rainn Wilson alot, you might enjoy it. But I find his humor flat and tedious. I can't believe this is from the Oscar-nominated director who made THE FULL MONTY.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
August 21, 2008
Sadly, The Rocker is so rife with formula that a pre-school could wet nurse on it indefinitely and still never go hungry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Hannaham
Salon.com
August 20, 2008
It's not exactly heartwarming to realize that The Rocker's Gen X fantasy of an escape from middle age is really a developmental nightmare.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Despite the pointless pratfalls, the narrative's engaging structure, progression and characterisation ensure that A.D.D.'s journey is easy and rewarding to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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