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Bandslam Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2010
Fun without too much camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 4, 2009
What keeps Bandslam afloat is the way its sweet moments find weird ways of stepping into convention.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
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.
Armond White
New York Press
August 19, 2009
The barely hyped Bandslam must settle for simply being the best American movie this summer.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 17, 2009
There is really just a lot to like here.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 17, 2009
These are characters that make mistakes, they redeem themselves, and they grow throughout the course of the film.
Cosmo Landesman
Times (UK)
August 17, 2009
Bandslam is a mix of the icky, the corny and the comic, but there's no denying that it's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 16, 2009
Dear Todd Graff: Thanks, man.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
August 15, 2009
"Bandslam" is a terrific family film that showcases the importance of constructive teenage friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
August 14, 2009
Parental Content Review
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 14, 2009
Bandslam is hardly the definition of a great movie, but it is pleasant and bright and doesn't insult its audience's intelligence. And that's as rare and welcome as a well-crafted three-minute pop song.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
August 14, 2009
You have to respect any movie that name-checks the Velvet Underground and assumes its tweenage viewers will get the reference -- or ask their parents later.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
August 14, 2009
Co-writer-director Todd Graff doesn't look at teens or their issues in a condescending light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 14, 2009
Graff ... mines some spunky humor and heartfelt characters, all while coloring safely within the lines of the underdogs-reaching-the-top storyline.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Leslie Gornstein
E! Online
August 14, 2009
Whenever the music is playing, it's tough to fight the urge to rock out right in your theater seat.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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