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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 10, 2015
Famous for its allure as an audience-participation event, this adaptation of the stage musical works just fine as a solo viewing at home, with no resultant diminishment of its highlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 18, 2014
a lot of fun for fans of the science fiction and horror genres
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andy Tweddle
Little White Lies
October 31, 2012
One hundred minutes of pure queer celebration that manages to concoct a bizarre cocktail of sincerity and reckless abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
October 22, 2012
It's like art-rockers Roxy Music let loose on Frankenstein - ludicrous, but oddly compelling. And it even stars Meat Loaf.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
October 30, 2010
A great midnight movie experience in the theaters, but the film itself is a bit of a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009
Like the hugely successful B-Movie that inspired it, Harry Novak's 1965 sexploitation classic "Kiss Me Quick!" "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is an exploitation film that draws on a grab-bag of social identifiers to expand on conventional hypocrisies...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Variety Staff
January 11, 2008
Most of the jokes that might have seemed jolly fun on stage now appear obvious and even flat. The sparkle's gone.

TV Guide
January 11, 2008
The film itself is a lot of fun -- but the audience-participation phenomenon has turned it into a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 24, 2007
That celebration of being unique and surreal, whether Gay, straight, or just an oddball, all around.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
The wit is too weak to sustain a film, and the songs all sound the same.
Steve Crum
May 4, 2006
Best seen with wild crowd at midnight. Otherwise, nope.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A string of hummable songs gives it momentum, Gray's admirably straight-faced narrator holds it together, and a run on black lingerie takes care of almost everything else.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 18, 2005
If that's your kind of movie, you're in for a real treat.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Gregory Weinkauf
March 1, 2005
One of the greatest motion pictures ever made.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Viewed on video simply as a movie, without the midnight sideshow, it's cheerful and silly, and kind of sweet, and forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 29, 2004
A very good film in its own right; it's a triumph of clever filmmaking by Jim Sharman, who should have gone on to bigger things.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael Dequina
January 18, 2004
I'm betting most fans have never really watched the film, they being distracted by the parade of guys in fishnets and flying toast.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 10, 2002
Strange, unique, and one-of-a-kind... provided you see it under the right conditions.
| Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2002
Great music, over the top acting, extremely original. Without a doubt a one of a kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
Love it or hate it, this is a trip you're likely never going to forget.
| Original Score: 81/100
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