Roll Bounce

Critics Consensus

Roll Bounce dazzles us with a classic late 1970's feel, but this coming of age film could have been more than just a spin around the roller rink.

65%

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Total Count: 91

70%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 56,440
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A young man and his pals rule supreme at their local roller-skating rink, but when the doors close, the boys venture into foreign territory -- uptown's Sweetwater Roller Rink, complete with over-the-top skaters and beautiful girls. Through his preparation for the roller-showdown of the season, the young man manages to find himself and also help his struggling dad get back on track.

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Critic Reviews for Roll Bounce

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (31)

  • Sometimes a film wins you over with its sheer exuberance and sweetness.

    Sep 26, 2005
  • It will remind you what it was like to be a teenager during the last few days of summer. And even though the plot is a little thin, you probably won't even notice until long after the music stops.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The end of the dismal summer movie season couldn't have been blessed with a more satisfying coda than the rollicking, funny, relentlessly cheery and genuinely touching spirit that makes Roll Bounce a captivating delight from start to finish.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • A movie made in the spirit of: what the world needs now is a bit of innocent diversion.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If it doesn't exactly kick out the jams, it does move them around a little bit.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • The film can't get its rhythms right, fluctuating wildly between comedy and pathos.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roll Bounce

  • Jul 27, 2012
    Dull film that will entrance those who are easily entranced and bore everyone else. Sure Mr. Bow Wow does good but I doubt he can do better.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2012
    Pretty lousy acting, especially by the boys. First half of the flick is slow and lame, second half steps it up a bit though
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2011
    I loved the detail in this movie, it really game it a 70's feel. All in all it's a fun film with some good smiles and laughs.
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2010
    Oh Meagen Good, I melt just seeing your lips, god! This movie was very good and it really made me feel young again. 1970s roller-skate jams fuel this coming-of-age comedy, as X and his friends, who rule their local rink, are shocked when their home base goes out of business. Heading over to the Sweetwater Roller Rink, they find their modest talents are, at first, no competition for their trick skaters and pretty girls who follow their every move.
    Manu G Super Reviewer

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