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Drumline Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Outstanding cast, great message, strong language.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
True bandos can see themselves in this exuberant, charismatic and lovingly accurate college marching-band movie that faked no flavor while staying in step with themes of instruction, character and respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's a shame films of this ilk don't make it into theaters often.
Michael Dequina
February 6, 2009
Director Charles Stone III, once again takes on overly familiar material and gives it an enthusiastic spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 1, 2009
A most unusual musical...Learning something from his subject, Stone gives the picture a snappy rhythm. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...though the movie does overstay its welcome, it's never boring and the majority of the music is infectiously catchy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 26, 2003
A fun story for the whole family -- with some very good lessons about growing up.
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Slick choreography and a confident performance by Orlando Jones keep this tale from beating to the tune of the same old drum.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 3, 2003
...it must be a good story, it's been told so many times before.
| Original Score: 5/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
March 31, 2003
The film's saving grace is the brilliant execution of its march numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
February 2, 2003
Pretty formulaic stuff...but the specific setting...sets it apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Charles Taylor
January 10, 2003
Charles Stone III is a craftsman with brains and taste, an instinctive sense of where to put the camera and the discipline not to belabor scenes.
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
December 31, 2002
...this film has a vibrant and edgy feel to it making it a cut above the others.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 23, 2002
A superlative B movie -- funny, sexy, and rousing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Harvey S. Karten
December 20, 2002
Amazing! A college story that works even without vulgarity, sex scenes, and cussing!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 17, 2002
Drumline has plenty of opportunity to shift into sports-movie autopilot and resists it at every turn, valuing discovery over expectation.
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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 17, 2002
There's something about a marching band that gets me where I live.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
December 17, 2002
Offers little that's surprising or groundbreaking, but, because the script is smart enough not to insult us and to develop a group of interesting characters, the act of watching the film is an entertaining experience rather than a tedious exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 17, 2002
Its over-reliance on genre conventions, character types and formulaic conflict resolutions crushes all the goodwill it otherwise develops.
| Original Score: 63/100
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
December 16, 2002
In place of Bring It On's humor, Drumline lays it on thick with a message a minute, all clichéd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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