Bandslam Reviews

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Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix
August 14, 2009
It seems acutely unaware of how casually sick some of its themes are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
August 11, 2009
Todd Graff's film is written with a desperate cleverness that clamors for attention over the brainless against-the-odds music-competition plot.
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
August 14, 2009
A tedious, predictable tale about following your dreams and being yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 20, 2009
The music is the movie's best feature, but even that's not much...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ellen E Jones
Total Film
August 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
August 13, 2009
Watching this film is about as cutting-edge as buying a Clash T-shirt at Wal-Mart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 13, 2009
[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.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 19, 2009
Though predictable, it at least tries to put on a fresh face to a tiresome old feelgood story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ryan Stewart
Slant Magazine
August 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 13, 2009
Bandslam had potential, but it succumbed to peer pressure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
August 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
August 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 14, 2009
The movie's problem is the division of loyalties between these two female leads, which fatally divides and muddles the dramatic focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 19, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012

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