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A gifted young singer-songwriter recruits the new kid in town to manage her fledgling rock band in this music-driven comedy starring Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Gaelan Connell. Charlotte Banks (Aly Michalka) has what it takes to be a true rock star, and with the battle of the bands approaching she's determined to win. Her chief opponent in the upcoming competition is none other than her egotistical ex-boyfriend Ben (Scott Porter). Ben may be cocky, but there's no denying his charisma when he takes the stage. With a little help from new arrival Will Burton (Connell), Charlotte's band… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is really just a lot to like here."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Tidy, heartfelt direction by Todd Graff (Camp); astute song references; and a David Bowie cameo transcend the formula underpinnings and keep Bandslam buoyant, gratifying and, yes, rocking."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"A message that never gets old: On stage or in high-school hallways, sometime it's the losers that turn out to be the real winners."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Though it wears out its welcome as it teeters rather than rocks toward the finish line, there is something inherently enticing in the old "let's put on a show" formula it utilizes."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"While it's pretty effervescent for the first hour, things really take a dire turn toward the end. The whole thing nearly becomes undone at that point."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"These are characters that make mistakes, they redeem themselves, and they grow throughout the course of the film."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The movie has a few good tunes and some charming comic dash, at least at first."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"Fun without too much camp."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"The music is the movie's best feature, but even that's not much..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Though predictable, it at least tries to put on a fresh face to a tiresome old feelgood story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Bandslam is hardly the definition of a great movie, but it is pleasant and bright and doesn't insult its audience's intelligence. And that's as rare and welcome as a well-crafted three-minute pop song."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Bandslam consistently exceeds current teen-flick standards thanks to its snarky humour, its strong musical sequences and its ability to convey the excitement the characters feel both about performing and forming new friendships."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"What keeps Bandslam afloat is the way its sweet moments find weird ways of stepping into convention."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"The barely hyped Bandslam must settle for simply being the best American movie this summer."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"Bandslam is a mix of the icky, the corny and the comic, but there's no denying that it's fun."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
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