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Rock of Ages Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 19, 2012
Rock of Ages is not a spoof, but it might as well be, given how little there is to root for.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 16, 2012
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 16, 2012
Cruise, as Stacee Jaxx, is the living embodiment of a rock god.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 15, 2012
Every time an actor belts out a hit, you're reminded that the original, however cheesy, was better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 15, 2012
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 15, 2012
Pour some sugar on it, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2012
The film's problems begin with who it cast as its leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 15, 2012
Far too mild for its supposedly outrageous subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 15, 2012
Cruise once again steals the show, but this time he drives it straight off a cliff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 15, 2012
For the most part, rock and roll should feel insulted.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 15, 2012
This plodding mess may help put to rest Hollywood's inexplicable two-decade love affair with the awful '80s, a pop- culture decade that's overdue for a break.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 15, 2012
It's content to keep toes tapping, when it should be bringing the arena to its feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 14, 2012
Don't stop believing. Just avoid clichéd musicals that try to capture the anarchic spirit of rock with trite commercial re-treads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2012
No matter how you feel about Guns N' Roses, Tom Cruise's as a bandanna-headed Axl Rose type will hit you as the purest bit of genius in the man's entire film career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 14, 2012
However you play up this material -- as camp, melodrama, anthem, or goof -- it sags under the weight of its lightweight pretensions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2012
Blessed with unstoppable energy, an undeniably bawdy sense of fun and Tom Cruise in backless leather pants, it takes songs you may never have loved and turns them into a musical that's easy to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 14, 2012
What's not fine is the dead zone occupied by the monster of the piece, Tom Cruise's veteran rocker, Stacee Jaxx.
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June 14, 2012
Just like the music, it's far more fun than it has any right being.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 14, 2012
There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours than with this odd assortment of courageous thespians bringin' on the heartbreak, and feelin' the noize.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 14, 2012
So willfully bad that not even Cruise's valiant CPR can help.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 14, 2012
For a movie that prides itself on celebrating music, Adam Shankman's Rock of Ages is oddly tone deaf.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 14, 2012
A perfectly fine backward-looking, trivia-centered guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 14, 2012
There's a variable quality to the vocals, but the production design and choreography are solid, leading to a cheesy enjoyability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 14, 2012
It's worth the novelty, but you may have a hard time looking at everyone involved the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 14, 2012
There's no denying the party-time pow of Rock of Ages, or of Tom Cruise's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 14, 2012
It looks like Disneyland and sounds, well, like a bad Broadway musical, with all the power belting and jazz-hand choreography that implies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 14, 2012
It's about as entertaining as an iron lung.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 14, 2012
The thing runs more than two hours, but this is the sort of project that's indemnified against charges of excess.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 14, 2012
Once you accept the utter and profound inconsequentiality of Rock of Ages, there's much to enjoy in it...
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 14, 2012
To his credit, campy director Adam Shankman knows that his source material is a joke - but it's a joke at the expense of musical history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
June 14, 2012
As with Shankman's knowingly naff 'Hairspray', the sheer performance gusto on display proves thoroughly winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 14, 2012
"Rock of Ages" is exuberant, silly, overlong, sexist; it's clever in little matters and proudly dumb in the things that should count.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 14, 2012
How can you hate a film that promotes its guitar-pick-thin story with the surprisingly honest advertising tagline, "Nothin' But a Good Time"?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
I cannot possibly dislike a movie in which Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, equipped with abundant '80s tresses, sing "I Love Rock & Roll" into a hairbrush.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 14, 2012
A shameless crowd-pleaser where cardboard characters use the most overplayed and ubiquitous hits of the 1980s to express the aching banality of their souls.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2012
A few days after seeing a screening, I was driving by a billboard for the movie, and I thought, well, who knows? That might be fun. Then I realized I'd already seen it. And forgotten it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2012
The actors are having a lot of fun, and the production values of the musical numbers are slick and high-spirited.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 13, 2012
"Rock of Ages" is an effulgent celebration of fakeness. It isn't trying to be real; it's trying to be faker than any fake thing has ever been before.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2012
Most of the numbers in Rock of Ages are flatly shot and choreographed, and they look as if they'd been edited together with a meat cleaver. With rare exceptions, they don't channel the excitement of the music - they stultify it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
June 13, 2012
Choppy editing, tepid pacing and generic vocals are bad enough to rival "Grease 2."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 13, 2012
To truly enjoy it, you must be willing to pretend that some of the songs from one of the worst periods of the rock era -- the late 1980s -- are inspirational anthems instead of commercial pabulum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 12, 2012
You're here to see a bunch of game A-listers play celebrity karaoke with the '80s glam-band tunes of Def Leppard, Journey, Twisted Sister and others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 12, 2012
If this era was a formative time in your life and you're feeling a yearning for kitschy nostalgia, "Rock of Ages" provides a sufficiently fun little escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 12, 2012
It's not every day, after all, that you get to see two great American traditions -- guitar/bass/drums rock music and Tin Pan Alley musical theater -- so thoroughly, mutually degraded.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 12, 2012
Two hours of Reagan-era pop hits recorded in a way that makes Kidz Bop sound like "Glee" and "Glee" sound like GWAR.
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 11, 2012
Given the proliferation of high-school musicals and American idols on TV, the spectacle of aspiring young singers belting out an umpteenth cover of Journey offers little in the way of novelty value.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2012
[Shankman] succeeds in draining most of the fun from a vehicle that was all about the winking humor of its flagrant cheesiness.