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Rock Star Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2001
By the end of the film I conceded, yes, there are good performances and the period is well captured, but the movie didn't convince me of the feel and the flavor of its experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
September 6, 2001
The production's refusal to try anything edgy condemns Rock Star to the rock pile of cinematic mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 4, 2001
An umimaginative rise-and-fall story that never really captures our hearts or even our attention.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2001
This is a completely generic movie that hits all the expected notes in a pat, formulaic way.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 6, 2001
A movie lampooning dimwitted '80s heavy-metal rockers was already made much more cleverly. It was called This Is Spinal Tap.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A watered down, lukewarm and very cliché rock fantasy...
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
September 7, 2001
This may be the most innocuous R-rated movie ever made, a film that turns rock 'n' roll, circa the mid-1980s, into a Disneyland ride.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Every character becomes a cipher for a strangely reactionary morality tale.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
The milieu is more convincing than the story.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 21, 2001
Rock Star's problem? There's a lack of edge, no real energy of the "time" is present, and few belly laughs await you, dare I say it's a Spinal Tap lite?
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 6, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 4, 2001
Mark Wahlberg is personable as the rock star wannabe...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 7, 2001
...this "Almost Famous" wannabe is as naive and simple as Wahlberg's copycat gone large...
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 29, 2001
Difícil entender las razones por las que la industria se empeña en hacer de Wahlberg un buen actor, pues su rango y capacidad son bastante limitadas
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 5, 2002 earnest effort to be satiric...a paint-by-the-numbers affair rather than a genuine work of art...a snapshot of a modern rock singer rather than a telling portrait.
Read More | Original Score: 4/10
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 31, 2001
Can't disguise the bogus core of the script.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 6, 2001
Like the Muzak version of a Def Leppard hit.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2001
Eventually everything becomes a generic Rock Star story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2001
Summons every cliche of the rock world and then clings to the hoary scenarios with the fiercest gravity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 6, 2001
If the head-banging hype doesn't turn you off to Rock Star ... the hilarious miscasting and archaic rags-to-riches story line should do the trick -- and then some.
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