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School of Rock Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 25, 2010
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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October 10, 2003
School of Rock is uncut bliss.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 9, 2003
Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 6, 2003
[A] great big ball of entertainment ...
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 4, 2003
A great big chord of fun.
| Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 4, 2003
A clever and sometimes a beautiful thing.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 3, 2003
A movie for almost everyone, from boomer parents (who remember their teens and twenties) to their teenage kids (who can't wait to get started with same).
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 3, 2003
Exuberant, raucous and thoroughly endearing.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 3, 2003
Not only a glove-fit of a movie for the volcanic Black, School Of Rock proves a surprisingly deft foray into pure, unadulterated fun for the gifted indie smart guy Linklater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 3, 2003
You'll think about it, weeks after seeing it, with a dopey grin on your face. (Yes, right now I have just such a grin on my face. Wanna make something of it?)
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2003
Coherent, hilarious and surprisingly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 3, 2003
A happy, hoot-and-holler crowd-pleasing package.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 3, 2003
Linklater's direction -- right from the tossed-off opening credits -- is the happiest and most relaxed it's been since Dazed and Confused.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 3, 2003
A hip and consistently hilarious family comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 3, 2003
This is fun for everyone, even those (like me) who hate contemporary rock music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 3, 2003
Linklater strikes just the right power chords here. He respects rock enough to keep it real, and he has enough rein on Black to ground his wildness in warmth while avoiding easy sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 3, 2003
A picture with pop's delicious energy yet none of its attendant risk, a flick that no one will love but everyone will like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 3, 2003
Splendid fare, a fun-filled power chord of a flick all ages can enjoy.
| Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 3, 2003
School of Rock will play you like a Gibson Flying V. And you will like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2003
Not only is the heart of rock 'n' roll still beating, it's also highly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 3, 2003
School could best be described as The Bad News Bears with heavy-metal guitar moves instead of home runs, but that it touches all the predictable bases somehow becomes part of its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 3, 2003
This raucous riff teaches that there's no substitute for a single, dynamic performer, one who can make us giggle just by walking into a shot.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2003
There is obvious affection between Black and the kids, and their interplay is disarmingly sweet.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 2, 2003
A pleasing mainstream comedy that uses new people and attitudes to entertain in old-fashioned ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 2, 2003
A very funny for-kids-of-all-ages delight that should catapult Mr. Black straight to the top of the A-list of Hollywood funnymen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 2, 2003
Linklater's keen handling elevates the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 2, 2003
At last, here is a movie that isn't afraid to care about something out loud.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 2, 2003
Achieves its ecstatic, giddy high because it is peopled by immensely likable, endearing characters, all led by the tireless Black, who could make even the staunchest country music fan believe that rock 'n' roll can, in fact, change the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 2, 2003
The movie that gives born-to-boogie Black the role he was born to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 2, 2003
An engagingly screwball comic vehicle in which the actor and Tenacious D frontman goes through an inventory of heavy-metal moves and makes a mockery of them at the same time.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 2, 2003
It gives Jack Black a role perfectly attuned to his comedic and musical gifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 2, 2003
Easily the funniest film of the year and one of those 'movies for all ages' (seriously).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 2, 2003
The cinematic equivalent of a near-perfect three-minute pop song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 2, 2003
The School of Rock may be the best 'inspirational teacher' movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2003
Black is still a happy geek in perpetual overdrive, only now he draws on his musical skill, and his hipster shamelessness, to deliver the acting equivalent of a perfect power chord crunched with a demon smile.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 23, 2003
Black is consistently hilarious -- and not just in his dreams of moshpit glory.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 11, 2003
A genial comedy.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2003
A high-energy comedy that takes its hero seriously when he declares, 'I serve society by rocking!'