Rock School Reviews

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.
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
Their playing is terrific, but there's little doubt the kids are fulfilling Green's fantasy rather than the other way around.
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 14, 2005
A school of talented future musicians, but the film is weighted by their blowhard instructor.
June 12, 2005
Paul Green seems more interested in what rock school can do for him than for the kids.
June 7, 2005
Has its moments, but unlike the music Green wants his students to play, it's no classic.
June 5, 2005
Director Don Argott works with muddy, low-quality digital video, not compellingly edited, and doesn't dig as deep as he should.
June 4, 2005
Bring back Jack Black and forget this.
June 3, 2005
Green is a grim martinet, given to chair-throwing tantrums and fits of temper that look suspiciously choreographed for the camera.
June 3, 2005
This flimsy documentary isn't rousing or particularly cute.
June 2, 2005
You root for the kids, who are utterly captivating, but Green is another story. His shtick -- a combo of insufferable stage-parent and unbearable rock geek -- is exhausting.
June 1, 2005
I dislike the tyrannical tirades and profanity-laced psychology Paul Green uses to inspire his prodigal talent.
May 31, 2005
Rock School ends up being a movie about just how little fun rock 'n' roll can be.
May 22, 2005
There's something unsettling and downright Dickensian about Green's hard-knocks method and proprietary stance.