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Garage Days (2003)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 6,254


Movie Info

Alex Proyas, director of The Crow and Dark City, switches gears for the lightweight romantic comedy Garage Days. Set in the Sydney suburb of Newtown, Freddy (Kick Gurry) really wants his band to make it big. The band consists of his girlfriend Tanya (Pia Miranda) on bass, the drugged-out Lucy (Chris Sadrinna) on drums, and the mopey Joe (Brett Stiller) on guitar. Their inept manager, Bruno (Russell Dykstra), thinks they can get successful if they hook up with record executive Shad Kern (Marton … More

R (for strong sexual content, drug use and language)
Romance , Musical & Performing Arts , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Dave Warner , Alex Proyas , Michael Udesky
In Theaters:
Aug 3, 2004
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Garage Days

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (30) | DVD (11)

A movie of shopworn riffs and borrowed noise, dressed up with considerable surface polish and glam production values.

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Garage Days feels like a movie that belongs in the garage; it's where you put things that you can't quite dismiss, but don't really like enough to have cluttering up your actual living quarters.

July 18, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The jokes are as lame as they are tame.

July 18, 2003
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Though the storytelling is a bit lopsided, the slapdash quality is charming overall, and the movie benefits from colorful characters and a couple of hilarious scenes.

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The characters are often sketchy at best.

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Amiable but oddly amateurish.

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

...While the narrative is slight and trite, it is also well-observed

Full Review… | January 17, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A fantastically fun film even though it lacks lavish spectacle.

Full Review… | January 16, 2005
Apollo Guide

I wouldn't want to hang out with these cats and I certainly wouldn't want them practicing in my garage, it's bad enough to sit through their movie.

Full Review… | January 9, 2004

Its sense of fun is infectious enough that it doesn't make a huge difference that it's light on the story side. Coupled with the visual style and the top-notch choice of music, it makes for a fun, if lightweight, experience.

September 7, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Proyas is relentless in his attempts to infuse the material with visual zip, and in doing so, he only exacerbates its flimsiness.

Full Review… | August 5, 2003

While the plot line may not be overly complicated and Lynchian, it is in no way formulaic or simple either. Proyas leaves you wanting you to see his characters thrive, not necessarily as a band, but as friends.

Full Review… | August 2, 2003

The music in it is uniformly lousy, but one doesn't notice because everything surrounding it s even worse.

Full Review… | July 29, 2003
One Guy's Opinion

Its tricksy stylishness... is more of a distraction than a tonic for the feeling that we've seen all this before.

Full Review… | July 28, 2003
Flick Filosopher

Despite plenty of drugs and a fair amount of sex, Garage Days asphyxiates from a lethal lack of rock'n roll.

Full Review… | July 22, 2003

Proyas strays from the formula just often enough to keep us on our toes. The remainder is too slight and harmless to really condemn... even when it slips into cliché.

Full Review… | July 21, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

...[Alex Proyas'] over-the-top sensibility keeps this admittedly routine storyline from becoming an all-out bore.

Full Review… | July 20, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Proyas, an assured stylist, manages to elevate the film with a bright palette and an abundance of special effects.

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Film Journal International

It's a cute little movie, but compared to expectations of Alex Proyas, it's a letdown

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
Movie Habit

A startling about-face for Australian director Alex Proyas, and an unwelcome one as well.

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fast, funny and extremely light.

July 18, 2003
Philadelphia Daily News

It's a handsome film, and made with verve, but too often the tone wobbles and far, far too many of its jokes hit with a splat.

Full Review… | July 18, 2003

Audience Reviews for Garage Days


Imagine Trainspotting developed into a network TV show, then sold to HBO at the last minute so they could add swearing.

Also the tag line, "what if you finally got your big break, and you just plain sucked?" totally spoils the movie. Imagine the tag line for planet of the apes being "what if you found a planet inhabited by monkeys, and it turned out it was Earth?"

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Spectacular Aussie comedy on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Pia Miranda's cool in her 'angry management' performance.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic][color=darkorange]Alex Proyas is mostly known for being a director of such cool fantasy films as "The Crow" and "Dark City". So, it would seem like "Garage Days" is quite a departure for him because it is a relatively modest film about a wanna-be rock band in Sydney, Australia. But when I thought about it, it didn't seem like that different a movie after all because the characters are having this rock and roll fantasy. Even more telling is that Proyas cannot get away from using digital effects.[/color][/font]

[font=Century Gothic][color=#ff8c00]"Garage Days" is almost a good movie. It has a likable, young cast playing the band members but there is too much going on that has little to do with the actually playing of music.(We really don't get to see them playing until the end of the picture or ever know what the name of the band is. The first thing anybody always comes up with is the name of the band.) That's where the movie derails - some of the plot strands work, but one is frankly bizarre and another suffers from every romantic cliche in the book. I liked the ending, even though there is a deus ex machina lurking in there somewhere. [/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Garage Days Quotes

I now officially consider you the enemy.
– Submitted by Roman T (4 months ago)

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