Bandslam Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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
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.
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.
August 14, 2009
Tidy, heartfelt direction by Todd Graff (Camp); astute song references; and a David Bowie cameo transcend the formula underpinnings and keep Bandslam buoyant, gratifying and, yes, rocking.
August 14, 2009
The movie has a few good tunes and some charming comic dash, at least at first.
August 14, 2009
Bandslam consistently exceeds current teen-flick standards thanks to its snarky humour, its strong musical sequences and its ability to convey the excitement the characters feel both about performing and forming new friendships.
August 14, 2009
An utterly charming work of pure pop exuberance, Bandslam is full of unexpected pleasures set to a surprisingly retro soundtrack.
August 14, 2009
Simultaneously shiny and retro, calibrated and uncalculated, familiar and unpredictable.
August 14, 2009
The bonus in this modest charmer? Not a single major female character, including Will's single mother played by Lisa Kudrow, is subjected to the usual Hollywood rom-com demonization.
August 14, 2009
In a goofily endearing performance reminiscent of the young John Cusack, Connell is charming and relatable. Likewise, Kudrow, as the overprotective mother who both fears and wants more independence for her son.
August 14, 2009
Director Todd Graff does have a keen understanding of kids in the world of performing arts, as he shows here and in his earlier and better film Camp.
August 14, 2009
It feels like a missed opportunity, but perhaps is a blessing since Bandslam's dialogue is much more pat than Hughes's quotable writing.
August 14, 2009
Rife with spirit-lifting scenes of teens singing their hearts out. And it feels just that good, in a quirky-smart way.
August 14, 2009
It's all pretty predictable yet despite the occasional lapses into cuteness, it has a lot more going for it than the standard teen movie.
August 14, 2009
A tedious, predictable tale about following your dreams and being yourself.
August 14, 2009
'Bandslam' is far from exceptional, but is saved by decent character development, a cluster of engaging performances and several amusing deadpan moments.
August 14, 2009
A bizarre tween movie vehicle for the High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens that gradually morphs into a two-hour homily on the perils of adolescence.
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