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Garage Days (2003)

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

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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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

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

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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
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The jokes are as lame as they are tame.

July 18, 2003
San Jose Mercury News
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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.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The characters are often sketchy at best.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Amiable but oddly amateurish.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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...While the narrative is slight and trite, it is also well-observed

January 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A fantastically fun film even though it lacks lavish spectacle.

January 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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.

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

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.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

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.

August 2, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

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

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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.

July 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

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

July 22, 2003 Full Review

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.

July 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

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

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

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

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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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?"
August 1, 2011
kenstachnik

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Spectacular Aussie comedy on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Pia Miranda's cool in her 'angry management' performance.
January 31, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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[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]
March 19, 2005
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Walter M.

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