School of Rock Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
January 27, 2004
An embarrassing mess of poor jokes and mixed messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
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
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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'...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 5, 2003
Makes for unessential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean O'Connell
Filmcritic.com
September 29, 2003
A collaboration between indie auteur director Richard Linklater and taboo-pushing screenwriter Mike White shouldn't feel so mainstream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
...no pace, no backbeat, just Black hamming it up so manically that he makes Little Richard seem like Mel Torme.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 15, 2003
Despite its earnest demeanor, School of Rock is without purpose -- a feel-good message movie without an identifiable message.
Josh Gilchrist
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
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
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
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
Alex Keen
Trades
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+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
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
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
October 2, 2003
This movie feels about as liberating as a whalebone corset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
The best comedy to come around in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 3, 2003
A happy, hoot-and-holler crowd-pleasing package.
| Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
October 12, 2003
He leaves NO CHILD BEHIND.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 3, 2003
Here is a movie that proves you can make a family film that's alive and well-acted and smart and perceptive and funny -- and that rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 25, 2010

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February 7, 2004
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