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School of Rock Reviews

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.
October 10, 2003
School of Rock is uncut bliss.
October 9, 2003
Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2003
[A] great big ball of entertainment ...
October 4, 2003
A great big chord of fun.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 4, 2003
A clever and sometimes a beautiful thing.
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).
October 3, 2003
Exuberant, raucous and thoroughly endearing.
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
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?)
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 3, 2003
Coherent, hilarious and surprisingly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 3, 2003
A happy, hoot-and-holler crowd-pleasing package.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
October 3, 2003
A hip and consistently hilarious family comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2003
This is fun for everyone, even those (like me) who hate contemporary rock music.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: A+
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
October 3, 2003
Splendid fare, a fun-filled power chord of a flick all ages can enjoy.
Read More | Original Score: A
October 3, 2003
School of Rock will play you like a Gibson Flying V. And you will like it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 3, 2003
Not only is the heart of rock 'n' roll still beating, it's also highly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2003
There is obvious affection between Black and the kids, and their interplay is disarmingly sweet.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 2, 2003
Linklater's keen handling elevates the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2003
At last, here is a movie that isn't afraid to care about something out loud.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2003
The movie that gives born-to-boogie Black the role he was born to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2003
It gives Jack Black a role perfectly attuned to his comedic and musical gifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 2, 2003
Easily the funniest film of the year and one of those 'movies for all ages' (seriously).
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 2, 2003
The cinematic equivalent of a near-perfect three-minute pop song.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2003
The School of Rock may be the best 'inspirational teacher' movie ever made.
Read More | Original Score: A
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
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
September 23, 2003
Black is consistently hilarious -- and not just in his dreams of moshpit glory.
September 11, 2003
A genial comedy.
September 10, 2003
A high-energy comedy that takes its hero seriously when he declares, 'I serve society by rocking!'