High School Musical Reviews

September 10, 2019
High School Musical is kitsch, sexless and hopelessly clichéd, but it manages to offer a giddy sense of fun to a generation that's overdosing on seriousness.
September 10, 2019
Sure, it has its flaws... but the film skilfully crafts an exuberant uplifting climax that results in a warm smile-inducing feeling that remains after the credits have rolled, and sometimes that's all a film needs to do.
September 10, 2019
Although the plot's not particularly novel, writer Peter Barsocchini's script maintains the fantasy elements while incorporating topical and relevant themes into the story.
September 10, 2019
While [High School Musical] will inspire more than a few choice eye rolls from parents, its messages are far healthier for kids, particularly at the impressionable "tween" stage, than many of its competitors.
September 10, 2019
Adults may be bewildered by the film's runaway success, however for youngsters the catchy songs, gentle humour and overall vibrancy are likely to prove an irresistible combination.
September 10, 2019
Ok, they don't need to reinvent the wheel, but it is somewhat ironic that the main theme of the flick is not sticking to the status quo (there is even a whole song about it) while all you see are recycled ideas and stereotypical characters.
September 10, 2019
The film can seem a bit preachy at times, and because this is a Disney-produced feature, the cheese factor is turned way up. Still, the music isn't half bad considering most of the songs contain lyrics like "Everyone is special in their own way."
September 10, 2019
The direction, by Footloose choreographer and Gilmore Girls director Kenny Ortega, has about as much depth as you'd expect from a Disney Channel original movie, but the film's energetic and lively.
September 9, 2019
Unless you have a kid under the age of seven, you'll probably find High School Musical a little too cheesy for its own good.
September 9, 2019
It would be unfair not to salute the movie's message about broadening one's horizons and not being limited by stereotypes or peer pressure. But when an admirable message is packaged in such treacle, it just makes the message seem treacly, too.
September 9, 2019
Mostly, High School Musical makes an appealing case for an idealized vision of high school, where individuality is celebrated and even the mean kids know everyone's name.
September 9, 2019
What infuses this movie with much of its spunk are [Zac] Efron's and [Vanessa Anne] Hudgens' lively performances; both come across as friendly, well-adjusted, and immensely likable.
February 28, 2009
Pop fluff intended for kids stuck between Dora the Explorer and Gossip Girl. Consider it a bonus that it's tolerable, if not fun, for the rest of us as well.
February 14, 2009
There's no denying the tween audience was hungering for this movie, without even knowing it. [Blu-ray]
July 10, 2007
[High School Musical] is a simplistic, and single minded teen romp filled with Disney channel regulars that disappears from your collective memory minutes after viewing it.
December 30, 2006
As a marketing phenomenon, this has exceeded all expectations for a TV movie. However as cinema... maybe you just really need to be a teen to get it.
December 10, 2006
A schmaltzy little piece of obvious fluff that's directed in truly horrendous fashion and populated by cardboard characters who spit out simplistic platitudes and breathy pop tunes.
May 28, 2006
For all its ungainliness, its cheesiness, its silliness, High School Musical is undoubtedly a great big heap of fun.
May 27, 2006
...it's difficult to imagine even the most die-hard fan of musicals finding anything here worth embracing.