Rock Star
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Loosely inspired by the true story of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, this music industry fable from director Stephen Herek is based on a script by actor-turned-writer/director John Stockwell. Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris Cole, a wannabe rock star who works by day as a copy machine repairman and by night as the lead singer of Blood Pollution, a Pennsylvania tribute band that imitates the best-selling heavy metal rockers of Steel Dragon. Although he's supported by his girlfriend Emily (Jennifer Aniston), Chris is devastated when his friends kick him out of the band he founded. His… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Every character becomes a cipher for a strangely reactionary morality tale."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A grueling and pointless endurance test"
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Not great, but moments of guilty pleasure."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Just as it should be falling apart, its melodrama becomes more touching than ever, ultimately shaping a film about much more than any band and more poetic than any song on the radio."
‑ Steven Snyder, Zertinet Movies
"Okay, so the plot's as fantastical and absurd as that whole, awful era, but damned if it isn't a good time."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"It is a nonstop cliche."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It has a comical sense of history and seems perfectly aware that it is recounting a myth."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A watered down, lukewarm and very cliché rock fantasy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The milieu is more convincing than the story."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Forget the storyline, just laugh (and cringe) at the period."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The weight of what might have been hangs heavily over the proceedings."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A movie about the gullible and pitched to the naive, Rock Star struggles to resist being as generic as its title, but is never more than just another replay of the hoary postulate that showbiz is all about rising, falling and being redeemed."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"The first half is hilarious but the second gives itself more to cautionary moralising and life lessons."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Mark Wahlberg looks yummy in tight leather pants and that's a good thing because there's not much else to recommend . . . ROCK STAR."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"A veteran of arena stage concerts, Wahlberg's obviously got the moves and the attitude, but in offstage moments where more complex characterization is needed, he flounders."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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