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
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
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]
May 28, 2006
For all its ungainliness, its cheesiness, its silliness, High School Musical is undoubtedly a great big heap of fun.