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The Rocker Reviews

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Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
The Rocker is more Keane than Keith Moon: slow, safe and about as edgy as a tangerine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
More fun than a fifth of Rebel Yell and a bag of Quaaludes.
Michael Dequina
February 12, 2009
Just because one is a scene stealer on TV does not mean he or she is big screen material, period, much less a movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 6, 2009 agreeable, sporadically hilarious comedy that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
January 29, 2009
All premise and no purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Giles
January 8, 2009
Perhaps The Rocker's most annoying feature is that it isn't completely terrible.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2008
A whacked-out, superannuated, would-be rock star might seem to be too easy a comic target, but Wilson gives this sad sack so many fresh twists that he never wears out his welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pete Hammond
November 20, 2008
Just when you think the dog days of summer movies are upon us along comes a hilarious sleeper hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 18, 2008
Uh, Mr. Projectionist? Could you stop the movie? I wanna get off now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Hazelton
Screen International
October 18, 2008
The moments don't add up to much, though, and the dramatic arc ends up feeling even narrower than it usually is in this kind of story.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
This rock music comedy does has a few chuckles and belly laughs. And unlike a few other smug, self-satisfied comedies that have come along recently, this one at least seems to have a heart at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
October 17, 2008
As a movie, it may not rock, but it rolls along nicely enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Anton Bitel
October 17, 2008
Amiable enough yet unadventurous and uneven, this may coax the odd big smile from viewers but it never rocks the house.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
October 17, 2008
There are occasionally amusing moments, but the writing lacks the warmth that made School of Rock such a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 17, 2008
It all looks good and there's a decent cast but nothing really takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
October 17, 2008
Essentially covering the same playlist as Jack Black's School of Rock, The Rocker is a good-natured, live-the-dream lark in which the one-liners score hits but the slapstick continually misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

The Sun (UK)
October 17, 2008
Just the feelgood movie that everyone needs at the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 17, 2008
The film is untidy, cheery, sometimes amiable. If only it were funny too.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
October 17, 2008
Director Peter Cattaneo will probably never repeat his Full Monty success, but even in its mediocre patches one senses a renewed eagerness to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 17, 2008
The Rocker is certainly not This Is Spinal Tap, but it is fair to moderate entertainment and Rainn Wilson holds it all together energetically.
| Original Score: 3/5
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