• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Adam Rifkin
    In Theaters:
    Aug 13, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 21, 1999
  • New Line Cinema

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Detroit Rock City Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A valentine to sex, drugs, and cutting school.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 22, 2010
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 24, 2009
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2007
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 23, 2002
Jim Bartoo
Hollywood.com

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com

April 4, 2001
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

high energy farce

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

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

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Shay Casey
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Thom Bennett
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2.5/4

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

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Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

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Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 8, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

| Original Score: 2/5

September 1, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

April 3, 2002
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