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High School Musical 3: Senior Year Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 24, 2008
It's hard to find too much fault with a franchise so wholesome and intent on having fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 23, 2008
The world's tweens and teens deserve better than this bottomlessly bland pap.
October 21, 2008
Let's just say that I walked out of HSM 3 humming the tunes from the other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Katey Rich
October 23, 2008
I don't begrudge its G-rated vision of 17-year-olds, but I do wish they'd made room for real conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 23, 2008
It's hard not to see the rabidly popular series's deliberate insubstantiality, its desire to address teendom in juvenile ways, as a depressing commentary on the dwindling standards of young entertainment consumers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marco Cerritos
Boxoffice Magazine
October 24, 2008
I can't urge you enough to stay as far away as possible. The swarms of young girls watching this phenomenon opening weekend will eat you alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
December 5, 2008
So sweet you'll leave the cinema with diabetes.
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Anna King
Time Out
October 22, 2008
You hardly watch a Disney musical expecting Lars von Trier, but still, this is conservative stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
December 10, 2008
High School Musical 3 overstays its welcome, stretching out about 20 minutes longer than it needs to, thanks chiefly to a final celebratory reel that simply refuses to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 24, 2008
The characters aren't all that great, the comedy is flat, but the numbers are so darn fun. Probably the best thing to do is wait for the DVD and just skip to all the songs, leaving all the sitcom material behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
January 6, 2009
Mostly harmless.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin McCarthy
October 24, 2008
I am a 24 year old guy who loves action movies and raunchy comedies but even I can admit the songs in this film were catchy. The film is cliched but clearly for kids to stare at Zac Efron.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Travis Nichols
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 23, 2008
Disliking such a bona fide winner as the HSM empire makes a person seem like a world-class killjoy, but the relentless positivity and plastic smiley faces of these movies would make even the most joyful person have very dark thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 27, 2008
It isn't Bad any more than it's Good, for it is a business venture after all, and Disney can rightly assume that their target audience won't care.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
October 30, 2008
A junior-musical, trapped in a vacuum of utterly self-aware earnestness . . . the vacuum-seal of a pre-packaged Disney product. Wish fulfillment%u2014-what tweeners want high school to be like--that also short-sells a retro American Dream.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 24, 2008
The movie sounds as though it was recorded in a padded chamber instead of a bustling school, and it looks like it came from some alternate world, one that basks in the eternal sunshine of the spotless skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Karl French
Financial Times
October 24, 2008
A bit of bloodshed would have enlivened proceedings enormously in the anodyne High School Musical 3.
October 24, 2008
It has all the exquisite tension of dithering over whether to have the cake or the ice cream.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 24, 2008
At best, you'll be disappointed; at worst, you'll want to blow up a high school.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 23, 2008
Completely lacking a plot or actual characters, this colourful film is more like a musical revue about a sanitised, fantasy version of high school. It's lively and watchable, but painfully vacuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Carly Carioli
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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October 24, 2008

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