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School of Rock (2003)

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92

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 176 | Rotten: 16

Black's exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time.

98

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 1

Black's exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. There's only one thing standing in their way: the self-indulgent solos and crowd-diving antics of their "embarrassing" lead guitarist. When his band votes him out in favor of a would-be rock god, Dewey has to

PG-13,

Comedy

Mike White

Mar 2, 2004

$81.1M

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School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It would be a shame if only kids went to see this film. Adults who can still plug in to their inner rocker, if only to play air guitar, will love it, too.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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School of Rock is uncut bliss.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll.

October 9, 2003
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[A] great big ball of entertainment ...

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It's great fun. It's like one of those inspirational sports movies where you want to stand up and cheer at the end.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Standout Jack Black in nerd-becomes-cool comedy.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Jack Black is a one-man rock 'n roll powerhouse in this infectious musical comedy directed by Gen X wunderkind Richard Linklater...

June 13, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Not only will your kids love this movie, but, hey, they'll learn what real music is.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's another case of independent film artists beating Hollywood at its own game.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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As Dewey Finn, Mr. Black gets to capitalize on everything he does best -- basically being Jack Black. And loudly.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

The film that rocks your prep-school socks off.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

The best comedy to come around in years.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

One of the best comedies in years...the film never sells out to itself.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Despite Black's reputation as a comedy anarchist, the movie has a big heart, avoids crude indulgence, and gives viewers of all ages something to enjoy.

January 15, 2005
Christianity Today

Good cast, good acting, good script, ridiculous premise, good music (if you like rock) equals entertaining movie.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

It's funny, it's heartfelt, and it just rocks!

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Comments (2)

It's one of those films that'll require you to be in a good mood to enjoy, but if you are - you definitely will.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

A raucous crowd pleaser with a pumping soundtrack, some awe inspiringly talented kids, and perfect comic performances.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The bus to the School of Rock runs on one source of fuel, and that is Jack Black.

March 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

...no pace, no backbeat, just Black hamming it up so manically that he makes Little Richard seem like Mel Torme.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Comments (3)

A musical comedy with more power chords than Jimmy Page.

February 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Audience Reviews for School of Rock

Great humor and rockin' story (had to do it, I'm sorry). Jack Black usually annoys me but that is not the case here. I feel like this was the film he was born to star in. "School of Rock" is a near perfect comedy and should be watched by anyone who loves great humor and/or rock music. I also love Joan Cusack in this.
September 14, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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Richard Linklater's cult hard-rock comedy hits the right notes and plays louder than anything i've ever heard. Jack Black was the perfect symbolism of old-school rock 'n' roll to shed into the new age of musicianship. The dialogue was brilliant, songs were strong and script was fantastic. Encore! 5/5
July 27, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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Dewey Finn: Dude, I service society by rocking, OK? I'm out there on the front lines liberating people with my music! 

"We don't need no education."

School of Rock has been another go to movie for me for the last 7 or 8 years. For me, this is an easy winner because I am a Jack Black fan and because I love the music their playing. Black is a musician that can hold his own and the kids in the movie are great at their respected instrument. The film is funny, well-written by Mike White, and directed with surprising style by Richard Linklater. Like I said, Black is in the lead and he gives probably the best comedic performance of his life as Dewey Finn.

School of Rock follows the misadventures of Dewey. He's a loser who is trying to make it big in the music industry. His band plays small bars and he lives with a friend and his friends girlfriend, mooching of them for rent. Dewey's friend at the request of his girlfriend tells him if he doesn't come up with rent, they are going to kick him out. More bad news comes in the form of Dewey getting kicked out of his band. He tries to rebound with a new band, but finding people isn't easy. When he takes a substitute teaching job, posing as his friend teacher, he meets a group of kids that can rock, and tries to use them to win the Battle of the Bands.

This is a different type of movie for Linklater. I guess if you examine his film career, this would tie in most closely with Bad News Bears; except that School of Rock is much, much better. It also rings with great music much like his comedic stoner masterpiece Dazed and Confused did. 

School of Rock is just plain fun. It's hard not to have a good time watching Jack Black totally embrace a role like this. This is the Jack Black character. He is at his best when he plays himself, and Dewey Finn is just less profane Jack Black from Tenacious D. So seeing him here is just as much fun as watching him in Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny.

A great, family friendly, music comedy from a great director and a cast of good musicians. The songs are catchy, the jokes funny, and the story clever. Yeah, it follows a pretty basic formula for its success, but you can't sent the luring power of the pit stops White take with his writing. The lessons in class, the lunchroom conversations, and just letting Black perform.
June 29, 2012
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Melvin White

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Funny
March 19, 2012
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    1. Ned Schneebly: I don't know, why don't you sell one of your guitars or something?
    2. Dewey Finn: What? Would you tell Picasso to sell his guitars?
    – Submitted by Ed B (22 months ago)
    1. Dewey Finn: What? Would you tell Picasso to sell his guitars?
    – Submitted by Ed B (22 months ago)
    1. Dewey Finn: What do you like to do?
    2. Freddy: I don't know, burn stuff.
    – Submitted by Jaeda M (22 months ago)
    1. Billy: You're tacky and I hate you.
    – Submitted by Owen E (22 months ago)
    1. Freddy: Just play the song Schneebly!
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Lawrence: Don't let the man bring you down.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
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