• PG-13, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Richard Linklater
    In Theaters:
    Oct 3, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 2, 2004
  • Paramount Pictures


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School of Rock Reviews

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It's great fun. It's like one of those inspirational sports movies where you want to stand up and cheer at the end.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

August 21, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Standout Jack Black in nerd-becomes-cool comedy.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

June 13, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
David Ansen
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School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 18, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

As Dewey Finn, Mr. Black gets to capitalize on everything he does best -- basically being Jack Black. And loudly.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

The film that rocks your prep-school socks off.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A-

June 21, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jason Zingale

The best comedy to come around in years.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2005
Bill Clark

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

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: A

June 26, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today

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.

| Original Score: B-

January 15, 2005
Tony Medley

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

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 7/10

October 7, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

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

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Joe Utichi

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.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 70/100

July 20, 2004
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 14, 2004
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 9/10

March 15, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 9, 2004
Nik Huggins
Future Movies UK

A musical comedy with more power chords than Jimmy Page.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 7.5/10

February 7, 2004
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