Rock School Reviews

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April 26, 2019
Filmed verité-style, Argott's film can hardly lay claim to the greatness its subjects clearly aspire to. Most of the time it comes across as a kind of amateur version of The Bad News Bears.
April 15, 2009
For all of his questionable methods, Paul Green gets results that are revealed when he takes a group of students to perform the difficult music of Frank Zappa at a Zappa festival in Bad Doberon, East Germany.
October 2, 2006
Watching the students band together to rock -- and the faces of the audience and participants when they realize what these kids are capable of -- is a joy.
January 7, 2006
December 6, 2005
The documentary studies the different children at the school, some lazy, some brilliant, some sensitive. Argott traces their development.
December 6, 2005
The result isn't pretty -- but it does, on occasion, rock.
September 23, 2005
Where you'll find a bunch of raucous and talented kids, you'll find at least one glory-hungry grown-up intent on stealing the spotlight.
September 10, 2005
Engaging, ultimately uplifting documentary that is by turns hilarious and horrifying - but say what you like about Green's methods, he certainly gets results.
August 23, 2005
It's like Spinal Tap, only shorter.
August 5, 2005
Green berates and insults his students to push them to work harder
July 19, 2005
Hail, Hail Rock School. Documentary about teacher the real deal.
July 16, 2005
July 8, 2005
So overpowering is Green's outsized, needy, arrested-adolescent personality (while you initially suspect he's playing for the camera, the blas attitude of his students suggests he really is like this), it throws the movie off-balance.
July 8, 2005
It's unflinching, discomfiting, profane, with an ignoble real-life 'hero' and children who absorb the full brunt of his rage.
July 8, 2005
Their playing is terrific, but there's little doubt the kids are fulfilling Green's fantasy rather than the other way around.
July 5, 2005
June 25, 2005
As a documentary, Rock School works just fine. As an advertisement for the Paul Green School of Rock Music, it's considerably less successful.
June 24, 2005
An intriguing fly-on-the-wall documentary.
June 24, 2005
The movie seems a little too much in love with the overbearing and self-aggrandizing Green - almost as much as Green is with himself.
June 17, 2005
Even with Paul Green's invective echoing in the back of your mind, nothing's quite so heartwarming as the sight of a young person blossoming.
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