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Bandslam Reviews

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Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix

It seems acutely unaware of how casually sick some of its themes are.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 14, 2009
Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
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Todd Graff's film is written with a desperate cleverness that clamors for attention over the brainless against-the-odds music-competition plot.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 11, 2009
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

A tedious, predictable tale about following your dreams and being yourself.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 14, 2009
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

My 6 year old enjoyed it. I guess I would just like a little more effort from the filmmakers. Maybe worth a DVD rental, though.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 16, 2009
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

It feels like three years to get to a point of resolution. Bandslam should take the lead of the rock gods: keep it moving, keep it simple, and know when to get off the stage.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

August 13, 2009
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The music is the movie's best feature, but even that's not much...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2009
Ellen E Jones
Total Film

Whether your nine-year-old niece will care about that is moot - but she'll definitely resent the poor ratio of musical numbers to clunky, contrived emotional scenes.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

August 14, 2009
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

Watching this film is about as cutting-edge as buying a Clash T-shirt at Wal-Mart.

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

August 13, 2009
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[C]alculated for sweet, feel-good blandness. And not the rock 'n' roll kind of feel-good, either, unless you think the Jonas Brothers rock hard.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

August 13, 2009
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I would have had much more interest in this film if the cinematographer would have just handed the camera over to Vanessa Hudgens and turned her loose alone in her hotel room.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 14, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though predictable, it at least tries to put on a fresh face to a tiresome old feelgood story.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

August 19, 2009
Ryan Stewart
Slant Magazine

I Can't Go On, I'll Go On is the name of the bubblegum rock group at the center of Bandslam, as well as a useful mantra for any moviegoer struggling to make it all the way through this depressingly phony approximation of a teen tragicomedy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

August 11, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Bandslam had potential, but it succumbed to peer pressure.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 13, 2009
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

A bizarre tween movie vehicle for the High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens that gradually morphs into a two-hour homily on the perils of adolescence.

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

August 14, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The performances in Bandslam are uniformly strong -- good enough to make you wish this bunch of charismatic, talented kids had been given better material.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 13, 2009
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

The movie is too sophisticated in its first hour for preteens, and much too tragically unhip in its second hour for the older teenage audience that might appreciate its pithier wisecracks.

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

August 14, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The movie's problem is the division of loyalties between these two female leads, which fatally divides and muddles the dramatic focus.

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

August 14, 2009
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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It feels like a missed opportunity, but perhaps is a blessing since Bandslam's dialogue is much more pat than Hughes's quotable writing.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 14, 2009
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

While it's pretty effervescent for the first hour, things really take a dire turn toward the end. The whole thing nearly becomes undone at that point.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

August 19, 2009
Neil Pond
American Profile

A message that never gets old: On stage or in high-school hallways, sometime it's the losers that turn out to be the real winners.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2011
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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