Rock Star Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Every character becomes a cipher for a strangely reactionary morality tale.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
It is a nonstop cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
The weight of what might have been hangs heavily over the proceedings.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 28, 2001
A grueling and pointless endurance test
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Ebert & Roeper
September 20, 2001
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 11, 2001
It has a comical sense of history and seems perfectly aware that it is recounting a myth.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 10, 2001
A movie about the gullible and pitched to the naive, Rock Star struggles to resist being as generic as its title, but is never more than just another replay of the hoary postulate that showbiz is all about rising, falling and being redeemed.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 7, 2001
Generally plays itself out with the plodding, high-decibel predictability of a Steel Dragon ballad.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 7, 2001
Even though it's weak in the final stages, Rock Star has more than enough sparkle to last you.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
September 7, 2001
It's fresh and funny while Chris is still struggling with his detractors.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 7, 2001
Utterly predictable.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2001
An irresistible movie about a guy who goes on a journey, the kind an audience can't wait to take with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 7, 2001
Wahlberg is the reason Rock Star ... works as well as it does.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
September 7, 2001
An unexpected pleasure.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 7, 2001
It works well in narrative terms, thanks to strong characters and surprising respect for the music.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 7, 2001
Never so awful that it warps into campy hilarity, nor is it ever so good that it threatens to become even remotely worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 7, 2001
Rock Star isn't OK junk or merely good junk; it's great junk.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2001
By the end of the film I conceded, yes, there are good performances and the period is well captured, but the movie didn't convince me of the feel and the flavor of its experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
September 7, 2001
Two things enable it to land: the basic likability of Mark Wahlberg as the wannabe protagonist, and the contagious energies in the rock concert sequences.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 7, 2001
The movie is all formula. But then, so is Jack Daniel's.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 6, 2001
A genial look at what happens when a wannabe becomes a headliner, Rock Star only stumbles when it decides it has to deliver a lesson about What's Really Important.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 6, 2001
Has enough wit and insight to make it worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
September 6, 2001
We're supposed to be quietly appalled by the very things that are being used to draw thrill-seeking adolescents to the movie.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
September 6, 2001
There's more drama in one episode of VH1's Behind the Music, more irony in This Is Spinal Tap, and more reality in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 6, 2001
Dissolves into lazy clichés and hollow moralizing.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 6, 2001
A movie lampooning dimwitted '80s heavy-metal rockers was already made much more cleverly. It was called This Is Spinal Tap.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 6, 2001
Herek ... gets an excellent performance from Wahlberg.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 6, 2001
It's the standard corruption-of-the-innocent routine.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 6, 2001
Provides a fair amount of shallow fun pretending that 1980s heavy metal was actually heavy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 6, 2001
The production's refusal to try anything edgy condemns Rock Star to the rock pile of cinematic mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 6, 2001
If the head-banging hype doesn't turn you off to Rock Star ... the hilarious miscasting and archaic rags-to-riches story line should do the trick -- and then some.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2001
Summons every cliche of the rock world and then clings to the hoary scenarios with the fiercest gravity.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 6, 2001
As vacuous as the backstage glitz and debauchery it pretends to criticize.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2001
Eventually everything becomes a generic Rock Star story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 6, 2001
Like the Muzak version of a Def Leppard hit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2001
This is a completely generic movie that hits all the expected notes in a pat, formulaic way.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 31, 2001
Can't disguise the bogus core of the script.
| Original Score: 1/5