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High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 83 | Rotten: 45

It won't win many converts, but High School Musical 3 is bright, energetic, and well-crafted.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 14

It won't win many converts, but High School Musical 3 is bright, energetic, and well-crafted.



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Seniors Troy and Gabriella face the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions to college. Joined by the rest of the Wildcats, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes and fears about their future. With incredible new music and exciting dance numbers designed to take maximum advantage of the big screen, this motion picture extravaganza delivers plenty of high-energy entertainment from East High's talented ensemble.


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Peter Barsocchini

Feb 17, 2009


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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (45) | DVD (19)

So sweet you'll leave the cinema with diabetes.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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Its winning formula is driven not by narrative but by what isn't there: no sex, no drugs, and no rock and roll-- unless you count the logjam of thundering power ballads.

October 27, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (6)
New Yorker
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Musical 3 is frustratingly shallow, but what it lacks in narrative ambition, it makes up for in dazzling choreography.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It's a classic case of giving the people what they want.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Everything works out! Everyone's hair looks great! Some of the kids end up at Juilliard! I hope real high school is like this.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comments (3)
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Efron is once again Travolta-esque, although he appears to be quickly outgrowing this material. Hudgens is still annoyingly bland both in facial expressions and voice.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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...suffers from precisely the same sort of problems that plagued its two underwhelming predecessors...

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Like the burnouts who stick longer than their leather jackets warrant, the shtick has gotten stale.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Will certainly resonate with its targeted preteen demographic, as its principal cast has returned for a sequel appropriately enhanced for the big screen.

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

A generous, upbeat film that provides lively, unthreatening entertainment for young viewers...

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

I'm glad I didn't pay full price to see this, but it is not a bad way to pass some time in a bargain theater or a cheap movie rental.

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Mostly harmless.

January 6, 2009 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source | Comment (1)

Regardless of whether Disney's G-rated phenomenon is your cup of tea, you have to admire this films boundless will to create fun, inspiring entertainment on a level second to none.

December 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

High School Musical 3 overstays its welcome, stretching out about 20 minutes longer than it needs to, thanks chiefly to a final celebratory reel that simply refuses to end.

December 10, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

A real, honest-to-goodness teen musical throwback, as if Andy Hardy had never died and James Dean had never lived.

December 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

This is good, clean G-rated escapism delivered by fresh, talented young performers.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Trumping the first sequel, and approaching the quality of the original, High School Musical 3: Senior Year is a truly winning reprise.

December 3, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

There's a likeable freshness about the entire production%u2026 I felt quite energised after watching this contagious, colourful and uplifting musical that merges fantasy and reality together with such zest that we suddenly feel the sky is the limit %u201

November 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

[A] moviegoing public that made "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" #1 at the box office two weeks in a row demands more, dammit.

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The third installment in Disney's cash-cow musical series is a colorful and enthusiastic %u2013 if not especially intelligent %u2013 film that makes a successful transition to the big screen thanks to some terrific production numbers and the irresistible

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Much of the credit for the movie's winsome genuineness should go to the charismatic Efron, who has filled-out nicely in the years since the franchise began.

November 2, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

No Disney movie has made me re-evaluate my life like this since D2: The Mighty Ducks. Perhaps HSM 3 is the perfect bookend to my teenage teamwork movie. At least this time I can look back and realize I have made the right choices.

November 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Can Magazine | Comments (2)
Can Magazine

That clicking sound in the background might have been my arthritic knees banging together in harmony to the songs.

November 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Community Newspapers

The popular Disney Channel series moves to the big screen for a full-fledged movie musical.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A junior-musical, trapped in a vacuum of utterly self-aware earnestness . . . the vacuum-seal of a pre-packaged Disney product. Wish fulfillment%u2014-what tweeners want high school to be like--that also short-sells a retro American Dream.

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for High School Musical 3: Senior Year

It's senior year and the students have to make choices about college and love. Cheesy and innocent fun.
April 2, 2012
Candy Rose

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My three life goals: 1. To read every book written by Stephen King. 2. To watch every episode of THE SIMPSONS ever made. 3. To get the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL saga to stop growing on me like a mole on my tucchis. I might even need plastic surgery for that!

First theatrically released musical in the ambitious Disney series is, once more, highly overrated. If the real Walt Disney (please stand up!) were still alive, and he actually approved this B.S., a) I would freak out at how unrealistic that scenario is (and so would so many others), and b) it would be a much, much better performance.

It's depressing: the fact that America lusts over actors like Zac Efron (that whole name goes up on spell check), and then they'll do anything to see him in anything. Even a dumb kids' musical like this one that should have just remained a "Disney Channel Original Movie". (Or been scrapped altogether.) Pity.
October 18, 2011

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    1. Troy Bolton: We'll be right down, mom. She really will come up here if we don't go down.
    2. Gabriella Montez: Oh! Okay...
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (11 months ago)
    1. Chad Danforth: So I guess when they hand us that diploma, we're actually done here.
    2. Troy Bolton: What makes you think we're getting diplomas?
    – Submitted by Lucas M (21 months ago)
    1. Sharpay Evans: Hey, Troy, when's the big game?
    2. Troy Bolton: Yesterday.
    3. Sharpay Evans: Well, good luck. Toodles!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (21 months ago)
    1. Ms. Darbus: We'll call it, Senior Year!
    2. Sharpay Evans: [sarcastically] Genius.
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (2 years ago)
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