School of Rock Reviews

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December 20, 2017
School of Rock just doesn't rock. It has no appetite for destruction. No raw power. It's like late Whitesnake. Tidied-up, over-produced. Jack Black is not, sad to say, Jack White.
November 1, 2007
School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.
June 24, 2006
A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.
August 7, 2004
It would be a shame if only kids went to see this film. Adults who can still plug in to their inner rocker, if only to play air guitar, will love it, too.
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July 12, 2004
June 4, 2004
Richard Linklater and Jack Black talk a lot about the imperative to rock hard, but their commentary is more Milli Vanilli than Iggy Pop.
September 27, 2018
Black turns it up to 11 in every scene, throwing shapes, striking poses and zealously preaching the healing power of rock, never once selling-out to the threat of cute, kiddie-friendly fare.
August 24, 2017
It's genuinely good hearted, and features child actors that look like real kids, all permeation of geeky, fat, skinny, sullen and silent in that way that only actual kids can be.
September 18, 2012
Richard Linklater's School of Rock still remains one of Jack Black's very best performances. The director and actor work together well and manage to make a rockin' comedy that'll bring out the kid in every rock 'n' roll fan.
August 21, 2012
...a high-energy movie and a joyous one, too, with a soundtrack filled with great old tunes. (Blu-ray edition)
August 21, 2012
It's great fun. It's like one of those inspirational sports movies where you want to stand up and cheer at the end.
December 28, 2010
Standout Jack Black in nerd-becomes-cool comedy.
June 13, 2009
Jack Black is a one-man rock 'n roll powerhouse in this infectious musical comedy directed by Gen X wunderkind Richard Linklater...
April 29, 2009
Not only will your kids love this movie, but, hey, they'll learn what real music is.
August 18, 2007
It's another case of independent film artists beating Hollywood at its own game.
July 14, 2007
As Dewey Finn, Mr. Black gets to capitalize on everything he does best -- basically being Jack Black. And loudly.
June 21, 2007
The film that rocks your prep-school socks off.
July 5, 2005
The best comedy to come around in years.
June 26, 2005
One of the best comedies in years...the film never sells out to itself.
January 15, 2005
Despite Black's reputation as a comedy anarchist, the movie has a big heart, avoids crude indulgence, and gives viewers of all ages something to enjoy.
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