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Drumline brings the world of "show-style" marching bands (popular at traditionally black, Southern colleges) to the big screen for the first time. The story, by Shawn Schepps, was inspired by the high school drumline experiences of executive producer/executive music producer Dallas Austin. Devon (Nick Cannon of Nickelodeon's The Nick Cannon Show) is a Harlem drummer who earns a full scholarship to the fictional Atlanta A&T University. There, his talent gets the attention of the school's embattled musical director, Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones), who puts his students' education… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Charles Stone III is a craftsman with brains and taste, an instinctive sense of where to put the camera and the discipline not to belabor scenes."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"I love that we get into this world of marching bands. We barely see any football players -- we see the top of their helmets as they're getting out of the way."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"True bandos can see themselves in this exuberant, charismatic and lovingly accurate college marching-band movie that faked no flavor while staying in step with themes of instruction, character and respect."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"...though the movie does overstay its welcome, it's never boring and the majority of the music is infectiously catchy..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...it must be a good story, it's been told so many times before."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A superlative B movie -- funny, sexy, and rousing."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"[Has] an abundance of heart and humor."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Director Charles Stone III, once again takes on overly familiar material and gives it an enthusiastic spin."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A fun story for the whole family -- with some very good lessons about growing up."
‑ Diana Saenger, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The film's saving grace is the brilliant execution of its march numbers."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Offers little that's surprising or groundbreaking, but, because the script is smart enough not to insult us and to develop a group of interesting characters, the act of watching the film is an entertaining experience rather than a tedious exercise."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Outstanding cast, great message, strong language."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A most unusual musical...Learning something from his subject, Stone gives the picture a snappy rhythm. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Slick choreography and a confident performance by Orlando Jones keep this tale from beating to the tune of the same old drum."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"Pretty formulaic stuff...but the specific setting...sets it apart."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
More reviews for Drumline on Rotten Tomatoes

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