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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
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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.
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
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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
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Despite the pointless pratfalls, the narrative's engaging structure, progression and characterisation ensure that A.D.D.'s journey is easy and rewarding to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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