Rock the Kasbah Reviews

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December 28, 2016
You don't want to see Rock the Kasbah. If you do, you're reading the wrong newspaper.
March 18, 2016
Barry Levinson's film, loosely inspired by the true story of reality TV show Afghan Star, comes at its subject matter from entirely the wrong direction.
March 18, 2016
It's a strangely lacklustre film that's happy to plonk Murray in a vaguely interesting crisis situation -- in this case, war-torn Afghanistan -- and just hope for the best.
March 18, 2016
Unfunny, and also casually offensive.
March 14, 2016
Leaving aside the galloping misogyny, 'Rock the Kasbah' just isn't remotely funny or smart.
October 23, 2015
As one-liner after one-liner misses its mark, you begin to feel sorry for Murray, who's really too old to be playing a guy who has a little daughter ... and likes to get kinky with Kate Hudson as a raucous, Dolly Parton-style hooker-businesswoman.
October 23, 2015
It needs a smarter script. It needs at least two or three perfectly engineered, joke-after-joke sequences. It needs a smart director - did you really do "Wag the Dog," Levinson? - whose idea of political satire goes beyond freshman-year sarcasm.
October 23, 2015
Not Murray's best and not Levinson's either.
October 22, 2015
An acclaimed film director, a legendary comic actor, lots of fun rock and pop songs, and a noble story at its core can't save "Rock the Kasbah" from being one hugely misguided dud.
October 22, 2015
The first half is pure pleasure as Murray gets thoroughly immersed and enmeshed in Kabul crazy.
October 22, 2015
A lot of the actor's usual mercurial charm isn't used to full effect and is actually tempered when it doesn't feel like it should be.
October 22, 2015
Clichd, enervating, insulting - it's tough to settle on a single pejorative for "Rock the Kasbah," though abysmal might do.
October 22, 2015
Some projects are just too misguided for the star to mug and shrug his way out of. Consider Rock the Kasbah at the top, or the bottom, of that list.
October 22, 2015
An ongoing war is no setting for a musical comedy, especially one this glib and inane.
Top Critic
October 22, 2015
Rock the Kasbah's timing is so slack, and its screenplay so shapeless, that the movie doesn't even rise to the level of an Afghan-war Stripes. It's almost as laugh-free as the latest news from Kunduz.
October 22, 2015
Quite possibly [Murray's] worst movie ever.
October 22, 2015
Rock the Kasbah, does not rock at all - not even a little bit.
October 22, 2015
If it were any worse, they'd be screening it as evidence at The Hague.
October 22, 2015
Your enjoyment of all this will probably depend heavily on your willingness to let the words romp and Taliban coexist for approximately two hours.
October 22, 2015
"Rock the Kasbah" is the mausoleum where comedy was buried.
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