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School of Rock Reviews

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September 30, 2003
A string of cliches lashed together by a formulaic plot that features underwritten characters and sit-com style humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 2, 2003
Part of the blame should go to White's scattershot script, part to Linklater for not tightening things up, and the rest should be stuck on Black, who seems not to be ready for starring gigs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2004
An embarrassing mess of poor jokes and mixed messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
October 6, 2003
Black works better as a team player than carrying a movie alone, and neither White nor Linklater have their hearts in this kind of parade-of -the- cute-kids flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 1, 2003
Jack Black isn't an actor, he's a clown - and a one-schitck clown at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 2, 2003
[A]bout as rebellious and free and rockin' as a Clear Channel radio station, packaging payola-ed 'cool' for a mass audience and dishing out focus-grouped, MBA-approved 'hip'...
October 5, 2003
Makes for unessential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 29, 2003
A collaboration between indie auteur director Richard Linklater and taboo-pushing screenwriter Mike White shouldn't feel so mainstream.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
February 9, 2004 pace, no backbeat, just Black hamming it up so manically that he makes Little Richard seem like Mel Torme.
October 15, 2003
Despite its earnest demeanor, School of Rock is without purpose -- a feel-good message movie without an identifiable message.
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October 6, 2003
The problem is that the film has about as much creativity as the episode of Brady Bunch where the kids decide to put together a band.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
October 14, 2003
The very anarchic spirit Black's Dewey Finn imparts on the youngsters falls away in an avalanche of tidy sentiment and warm fuzzies, and it becomes clearer than in the Farrelly Brothers' 'Shallow Hal' that he's at sea when he's forced to dial down his per
| Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2003
Almost entertaining enough and harmless enough for a pass… More interesting than the film, perhaps, are the comparisons and contrasts to another current music-themed hit comedy: The Fighting Temptations.
| Original Score: C
September 28, 2003
Instead of the freshness of About a Boy, it presents the tried-and-true of a watered down The Goonies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 30, 2003
With guys like Linklater and White at the helm, anonymity is a tremendous disappointment, and that disappointment is really something like a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 2, 2003
This movie feels about as liberating as a whalebone corset.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
July 5, 2005
The best comedy to come around in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 3, 2003
A happy, hoot-and-holler crowd-pleasing package.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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