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Paul Green is a man who declares himself born to teach kids, but he has nothing to do with the traditional educational system. Musician Green is the proprietor of the Paul Green School of Rock Music, an after-school facility in Philadelphia where kids from 9 to 17 learn how to play instruments and work together in a band. While Green outwardly seems like a loose cannon who yells at his students and acts only marginally more mature than a high schooler, the kids who attend his school love him and he gets results; one of the Rock School's ensembles were invited to perform at a Frank Zappa… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So overpowering is Green's outsized, needy, arrested-adolescent personality (while you initially suspect he's playing for the camera, the blasé attitude of his students suggests he really is like this), it throws the movie off-balance."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"I don't know what it means that rock 'n' roll has become a bona fide after-school activity, but Rock School definitely kept my attention."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"For all of his questionable methods, Paul Green gets results that are revealed when he takes a group of students to perform the difficult music of Frank Zappa at a Zappa festival in Bad Doberon, East Germany."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The result isn't pretty -- but it does, on occasion, rock."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Threat
"It's like Spinal Tap, only shorter."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"Their playing is terrific, but there's little doubt the kids are fulfilling Green's fantasy rather than the other way around."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Succeeds as a riveting movie because it doesn't try to lead us from verse to an obvious chorus about Green, or his uniquely abusive methods."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Watching the students band together to rock -- and the faces of the audience and participants when they realize what these kids are capable of -- is a joy."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"Where you'll find a bunch of raucous and talented kids, you'll find at least one glory-hungry grown-up intent on stealing the spotlight."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Green berates and insults his students to push them to work harder"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Green's heart, if not his head, seems in the right place. He's carrying the torch and holding it high, and his students seem to dig it."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Rock fans will likely find the cast of characters and its 'überlord' founder compelling."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The documentary studies the different children at the school, some lazy, some brilliant, some sensitive. Argott traces their development."
‑ Jeremy Mathews, Film Threat
"Engaging, ultimately uplifting documentary that is by turns hilarious and horrifying - but say what you like about Green's methods, he certainly gets results."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Hail, Hail Rock School. Documentary about teacher the real deal."
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
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