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Its exuberant silliness is almost enough to make up for its utter inconsequentiality, but Rock of Ages is ultimately too bland and overlong to justify its trip to the big screen.
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Rock of Ages is not a spoof, but it might as well be, given how little there is to root for.
...a cinematic endeavor that, for all intents and purposes, is asking the consumer to put down his or her money to watch movie stars do karaoke.
Cruise, as Stacee Jaxx, is the living embodiment of a rock god.
Every time an actor belts out a hit, you're reminded that the original, however cheesy, was better.
The movie's supporting stars are always, inevitably, winking at the audience, but it's unclear whether the dewy-eyed leads even know how to blink.
Pour some sugar on it, indeed.
Rock of Ages probably won't blow too many people's minds, but it still makes us want to sing along much of the time, and the tone is just right, kind without being preachy, humorous without being overly facetious.
Rock of Ages' plot is evidently pretty thin and you're never in doubt that love will conqueror all, but the film's adult themes, diluted as they are compared to the stage production, are wonderfully refreshing.
Rock of Ages might be lowbrow entertainment. But there's nothing to be embarrassed about in enjoying it.
One does not so much watch the movie as they stare on in maddening disbelief.
If you love '80s rock ballads, you will probably really enjoy this movie.
Is this what Mr. Cruise's career has come to? Doesn't he, as well as us, deserve more than this?
The two protagonists are a little flat with little more to offer than their decent singing voices, but the rest of the star cast clearly has fun with their stereotype characters that are borderline parodies. The movie does have its heart at the right place, declaring rock music as the only genre that counts. The plot is pretty generic and does little more than lead from one song to the next. The songs are great, but would be preferable in their original versions. Still, as entertaining as a Greatest Hits album.
A lot better than I expected, although I wish they would have cast someone (anyone!) other than Tom Cruise. Not believable in the slightest.
Juliane Hough was pretty good. I normally don't like her as an actress, but this role suited her.
I loved the 80's themes and even the crappy boy band. I didn't love all the hair metal band songs and I'm not big on musicals in general, but this one worked for the most part.
An empty experience with weak leads and a generic story, and even if it offers a few inspired moments and the music covers are a refreshing throwback to the '80s, nothing saves this song-after-song music video from being bland - not even Tom Cruise's magnetic presence.
Musical about a country girl wanting to make it big in Hollywood. It's a bit like Coyote Ugly. Good cast and music. Tom Cruise is an aged rocker off his head! Catherine Zeta-Jones is a repressed stepford wife! Hilarious!
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