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Rock of Ages Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 4, 2012
An illustrative dividing line: REO Speedwagon is probably thrilled to death to be on this soundtrack - meanwhile Joan Jett is likely embarrassed that she is too.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Lybarger
July 1, 2012
Shankman makes a lively, consistently entertaining film that blends two seemingly incompatible art forms: a Broadway musical and '80s rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 30, 2012
There's little doubt that Rock of Ages benefits substantially from its fast-paced and thoroughly energetic opening few minutes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
June 27, 2012
Bang your head one minute, and shake it in bewilderment the next.
| Original Score: B-
June 26, 2012
This exuberant, hugely entertaining big-screen adaptation of the smash stage musical comedy doesn't put a foot wrong...[Tom] Cruise again proves he's on a mid-life career peak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
June 26, 2012
The subtitle of Rock of Ages should be, "We Built This Sinkhole on Rock and Roll." Despite the relentless vapidity of Rock of Ages, there is one reason to see this movie -- Tom Cruise. Is a single performance enough to recommend a movie? If so, go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 25, 2012
This at least looked like a good idea for a motion picture, even if the execution of the idea left something to be desired. This is sort of a cross between 'Xanadu' and 'Footloose.'
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 25, 2012
brimming with guilty pleasures for those who are nostalgic for big hair and big power chords, but like many musicals of its ilk, the story that binds the songs together is decidedly lacking
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
June 23, 2012
Yeah, "Monster Ballads" is blasting out here on my iPod. And I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'll bet I'm among thousands of viewers who just saw "Rock of Ages" and simply had to listen to some more 1980s-era tunes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
June 23, 2012
Big, showy and over the top with highs, lows, laughs and some truly fist-pumping performances from a diverse cast of familiar actors, most of them in roles requiring some serious belting and hoofing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 22, 2012
Not good enough to recommend or bad enough to qualify as a worthwhile guilty pleasure. Instead, it's a sanitized pop show that makes rock & roll seem about as raw, reckless and dangerous as a class of kindergartners singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
June 22, 2012
Rock of Ages will rock you... or at least lightly jostle you.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jessica Davis
Paste Magazine
June 22, 2012
Rock of Ages probably doesn't deliver an experience equal to that of seeing the original on stage, but if you're looking for a movie that turns the theater into an impromptu karaoke bar, you'll find nothin' but a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
June 22, 2012
It's easy to see how Rock of Ages became a crowd-pleaser on Broadway, where audiences got caught up in the energy of '80s hit songs performed live.
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
June 22, 2012
It is supposed to be a celebration of 80s hair music. Why does everyone looked pained and angry during every song? The movie is worth watching for Tom Cruise's amazing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 21, 2012
Despite a mildly entertaining performance by Tom Cruise as a pampered, sexed-up and boozy rock idol in Rock of Ages, the film is a major disappointment
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
June 20, 2012
Tom Cruise's magnetic performance almost makes the movie worth the price of admission. Almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
June 20, 2012
Rock Of Ages is so not rock and roll.
| Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2012
You'll sympathize with the prudes when the pro-rock forces fight back with a chorus of Starship's 'We Built This City.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jackie K. Cooper
June 19, 2012
There is a lot of talent on display overall, but the central storyline of the romance between Hough and Boneta's characters is cheesy and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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