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Detroit Rock City (1999)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

Silly plot, over-the-top directing style.



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Movie Info

Set in 1978, Detroit Rock City follows four teenagers who embark on a wild adventure to attend a KISS concert. Driven by their unwavering passion to experience their favorite legendary rock group live, the teens will stop at nothing to scam their way into the sold-out show.



Carl Dupre, Carl V. Dupre

Dec 21, 1999

New Line Cinema

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (21) | DVD (15)

Like KISS's music, it's juvenile, crass, bombastic, and loud.

August 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

A valentine to sex, drugs, and cutting school.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

What works for rocking and rolling all night (and partying every day) doesn't necessarily hold true for movies.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The movie isn't a trailblazer; it's an exuberantly trashy party, a comedy of lowdown defeats and triumphs.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

sorely in need of the authenticity and easy humor of "Dazed and Confused," the 1994 Richard Linklater comedy it's obviously trying hard to imitate.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comments (3)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Rifkin rocks and rolls in coming-of-age comedy.

April 4, 2001 Full Review Source:

A nice, respective try, but Detroit Rock City just misses the mark.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Look, that guy just got clocked by a telephone receiver. Twice. See? Funny!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Surprisingly amiable for a film that claims to 'kiss the rules goodbye.'

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The notion of music's cultural definition for people isn't taken for granted by Detroit Rock City's makers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

A wonderful, funny film that manages to strike a nice balance of John Hughes teen comedy and late-'70s period piece.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

high energy farce

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Set in the 1970's and produced by Gene Simmons (among others), this scrawny little script eventually becomes a rich film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for Detroit Rock City

Mrs. Bruce: God forbid one day you have a son like you, Jeremiah. A boy who lies through his teeth, buys demonic records, and smokes the dope! 

"They came. They saw. They rocked."

I've always had a thing for Detroit Rock City. It's a fun comedy that you can watch over and over again. But seeing it again now, it's not as good as I remembered. Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoy it,
but it does have it's share of problems.

For one it's completely stupid and his very little if any intelligent comedy, but I can get over that because I do love the music and the situations. The second thing that really sort of irritates me every time I watch this movie, is some of it's editing tricks. Rifkin seems like he wants the movie to come off as really flashy, but he kind of fails in that department. It's just annoying. 

For all of it's problems, I still really enjoy it. The movie features an awesome soundtrack that has a lot of Kiss, but not just Kiss. There's Thin Lizzy, ACDC, Van Halen and many more. I like the cast, too. Their nothing special, but their not working on an Oscar level movie here.  Cool little cameo by Shannon Tweed really tops this movie off nicely.

If your a fan of 70's rock and Kiss or you grew up in the 70's this is a movie you'll
probably enjoy. For everyone else, you'll see the stupidity as annoying and not cool. 
March 13, 2013
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Detroit Rock City is a pleasant little comedy film that focuses on a group of friends who are setting out on a road trip to go see their favorite band, Kiss. Though not an excellent comedy, Detroit Rock City is an accomplished effort as I thought the idea behind the plot was quite good, and above all fun. As a fan of Rock and Heavy Metal music, I thoroughly liked this film for what it was. There's some great comedy on screen, that'll make you laugh and chuckle. However, the film is far from perfect. Things could've been better, but for what it is, Detroit Rock City is lots of fun. What's really funny about the film is how we see the group of teens do almost the impossible to go see Kiss; you gotta admire their dedication to the band and its music. Detroit Rock City is a fun road trip film, and for me, as a person who's gone on multiple road trips to go see my favorite bands, this film brings back all the crazy memories from the road. This is a film that I can only recommend to fans of the band, and to fans of Rock and Metal music. This is a fun, funny comedy that though not perfect, is far from awful.
December 21, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Something tells me that whoever directed this, must have been pretty stoned out of his mind. Especially if you look at some of the editing and directorial choices. It was just way too much at times, and very over the top. Apart from that little drawback, however, it's a pretty good coming-of-age movie, and a nice tribute to the rock band Kiss. Loved the soundtrack!
May 26, 2009
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Loved this back in the 90s and I still find it fun to watch 9 years after!

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July 27, 2008
Ginny  X

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