Rock the Kasbah
Rock the Kasbah (2015)

A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 23, 2015
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Shareef don't like Rock the Kasbah, and neither will viewers hoping for a film that manages to make effective use of Bill Murray's knack for playing lovably anarchic losers.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

As one-liner after one-liner misses its mark, you begin to feel sorry for Murray, who's really too old to be playing a guy who has a little daughter ... and likes to get kinky with Kate Hudson as a raucous, Dolly Parton-style hooker-businesswoman.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

An acclaimed film director, a legendary comic actor, lots of fun rock and pop songs, and a noble story at its core can't save "Rock the Kasbah" from being one hugely misguided dud.

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Katherine Monk

Not every boomer sold out. A few hippies managed to survive middle age with their flower intact, and Hollywood loves to make movies about them because they are the unicorns of the grown-up world.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It needs a smarter script. It needs at least two or three perfectly engineered, joke-after-joke sequences. It needs a smart director - did you really do "Wag the Dog," Levinson? - whose idea of political satire goes beyond freshman-year sarcasm.

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Brian Truitt
USA Today

A lot of the actor's usual mercurial charm isn't used to full effect and is actually tempered when it doesn't feel like it should be.

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Michael Heaton
Cleveland Plain Dealer

There are few things sadder in life than an unfunny Bill Murray movie. But that's exactly what Rock the Kasbah is.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Not Murray's best and not Levinson's either.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Clichéd, enervating, insulting - it's tough to settle on a single pejorative for "Rock the Kasbah," though abysmal might do.

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Michael Fairbanks
The Young Folks

This film has no idea what tone it wants to strike... none of the more sincere messages land because the film's depiction of its middle eastern characters is grossly one note.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Philip Price
Rock the Kasbah is a film that is neither here nor there. It is an odd case of feeling completely inconsequential while using relevant aspects of our current… More