Bandslam Reviews

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November 28, 2020
For the first time this year, a teen film actually appeals to teens.
September 2, 2020
Equal parts John Hughes and Cameron Crowe with a little bit of Spike Jonze tossed in.
August 14, 2019
...Bandslam remains under-appreciated...
June 6, 2019
The surprise of the summer, and one of the year's overlooked gems.
November 14, 2018
Surprisingly, it's Vanessa Hudgens who brings the film to life, creating an original and believable brooding teen.
February 18, 2012
November 17, 2011
September 29, 2011
A message that never gets old: On stage or in high-school hallways, sometime it's the losers that turn out to be the real winners.
October 29, 2010
Fun without too much camp.
November 4, 2009
What keeps Bandslam afloat is the way its sweet moments find weird ways of stepping into convention.
August 26, 2009
Though it wears out its welcome as it teeters rather than rocks toward the finish line, there is something inherently enticing in the old "let's put on a show" formula it utilizes.
August 20, 2009
The music is the movie's best feature, but even that's not much...
August 19, 2009
The barely hyped Bandslam must settle for simply being the best American movie this summer.
August 19, 2009
While it's pretty effervescent for the first hour, things really take a dire turn toward the end. The whole thing nearly becomes undone at that point.
August 19, 2009
Though predictable, it at least tries to put on a fresh face to a tiresome old feelgood story.
August 17, 2009
There is really just a lot to like here.
August 17, 2009
These are characters that make mistakes, they redeem themselves, and they grow throughout the course of the film.
August 17, 2009
Bandslam is a mix of the icky, the corny and the comic, but there's no denying that it's fun.
August 17, 2009
A witty, touching, cleverly plotted film with excellent music and it made me feel for the first time in years that I'd like to be an American teenager.
August 17, 2009
The characterisations are just a little unorthodox and the whole thing, despite a soggy middle during which nothing much happens, goes with an above average swing.
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