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The Rocker Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 17, 2008
Essentially a Will Ferrell Lite movie, this toothless comedy has a likeable central performance from Rainn Wilson and several hilariously spiky side characters. But it never quite hits its comical stride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
October 16, 2008
One of the problems of Peter Cattaneo's film is not knowing who it's aimed at. Kids won't identify with a bitter old rocker and the middle-aged will be hoping for more satirical Spinal Tap.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matthew Turner
October 16, 2008
Likeable, if predictable comedy, enlivened by strong comic performances from Rainn Wilson and a talented supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 4, 2008
Delivers what it promises and satisfies the filmmakers' objectives (even if it isn't my kinda movie), and despite its many predictable elements, has enough entertainment value to have elicited applause from the preview audience
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 27, 2008
Wilson has neither the acting chops nor musician's soul to be believable, merely a rip-off of Jack Black and Will Ferrell.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
September 4, 2008
To those moviegoers who've expressed some weariness of Will Ferrell and Jack Black always doing what they do: Well, OK, here's somebody else doing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 29, 2008
The Rocker neither rocks nor rolls.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 27, 2008
There's nothing all that wrong with The Rocker. It's just that it's ordinary to a spectacular degree.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 26, 2008
The pratfalls and naked jokes don't eek out enough humor, and Wilson's Fish never becomes someone you can truly root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
August 24, 2008
Predictable, but fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects
August 22, 2008
One of the best things about this film is the insane commitment that Wilson has to get a laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 22, 2008
I had a really good time watching The Rocker. I laughed, I tapped my foot to the music, and I reveled in the extraordinary Rainn Wilson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 22, 2008
Wilson's amiably wild-eyed performance hits all the scripted notes in a comedy that is mostly tone-deaf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 22, 2008
It's a slave to formula, and it hits its marks satisfyingly enough to make for a pleasant time-passer, but Wilson and a loaded supporting cast are never as funny as they should be.
| Original Score: c+
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
August 22, 2008
The Rocker ends up doing more to whet appetites for School of Rock 2 than it does to actually entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 22, 2008
The Rocker has the requisite vomit, the view of some very unfortunate hind quarters and the suds. It's also got a vein of sweetness and charm.
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
August 22, 2008
I don't doubt you can find some sort of enjoyment in watching The Rocker, but it's just one of those movies you'll forget about in a couple days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
August 22, 2008
It's totally predictable, but if you've ever nursed a rock-star fantasy at any age, it's impossible to hate this. And the three kids are really good.
| Original Score: B-
Jim Judy
Screen It!
August 22, 2008
As a satire of the music biz and in micro, long-haired heavy metal bands, the film's obviously no 'This is Spinal Tap,' and the new songs are forgettable, just like the overall film, even if (or because) Wilson does a good Jack Black impersonation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 22, 2008
Riff out? Please. This is about as hardcore as a wrestling match between Clay Aiken and Barry Manilow.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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