Doona Bae shines as the adorably awkward teenager who's never met a stage she's afraid of.
| Original Score: B+
The movie provides a fine, shiny reminiscence of school days, when learning three guitar chords in the right order was the most important thing in the world.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
An extremely well-written, emotionally complex coming-of-age tale that has a John Hughesian respect for teenage angst.
| Original Score: 4/4
If The Beatles were teen girls starring in a John Hughes picture made with a distinctly Japanese attention to the comedy of everyday life, the movie showcasing it all would go something like this.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's the kind of high-school movie about kids and music that Hollywood would never be able to capture with such intimacy, nuance and restraint.
| Original Score: 3/4
... a lively, engaging, character-driven piece with flourishes of offbeat humor...
An understated and disarmingly human tale of an all-girl band in the runup to the annual rock festival at the members' school.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The film exhorts a sense of nostalgia for the stressful trials of youth.
Funny, droll, sweetly directed and note-perfect.
Director Nobuhiro Yamashita seems to be aiming for a laconic deadpan tone, yet the static camera work and even-keel pacing elicit more yawns than chuckles.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This technically OK but incident-free pic will induce sleep.