The Rocker
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The Office star Rainn Wilson portrays a drummer named "Fish," who gets a second shot at fame 20 years after getting kicked out of his band on the very night they signed the record contract that made them stars. Fish has spent the past two decades languishing at soul-crushing day jobs while his old bandmates became legends, continuing to grace magazine covers and dominate the radio. He might just get another chance at musical success, however, when his teenage cousin invites him to drum for his high school garage band, and they end up catching the ear of record executives. Now, Fish… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A whacked-out, superannuated, would-be rock star might seem to be too easy a comic target, but Wilson gives this sad sack so many fresh twists that he never wears out his welcome."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The Rocker has the requisite vomit, the view of some very unfortunate hind quarters and the suds. It's also got a vein of sweetness and charm."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"The Rocker is more Keane than Keith Moon: slow, safe and about as edgy as a tangerine."
‑ Ali Gray,
" agreeable, sporadically hilarious comedy that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly strong performances."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Uh, Mr. Projectionist? Could you stop the movie? I wanna get off now."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"As a movie, it may not rock, but it rolls along nicely enough."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The melody of The Rocker feels predictable but the beat is refreshingly off-kilter."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"More fun than a fifth of Rebel Yell and a bag of Quaaludes."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"All premise and no purpose."
‑ David Cornelius,
"The moments don't add up to much, though, and the dramatic arc ends up feeling even narrower than it usually is in this kind of story."
‑ John Hazelton, Screen International
"It's a slave to formula, and it hits its marks satisfyingly enough to make for a pleasant time-passer, but Wilson and a loaded supporting cast are never as funny as they should be."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The film equivalent of an inoffensive throwaway track, what we used to call a B-side, back in the days of Vesuvius."
‑ Darel Jevens, Chicago Sun-Times
"Just because one is a scene stealer on TV does not mean he or she is big screen material, period, much less a movie star."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Just when you think the dog days of summer movies are upon us along comes a hilarious sleeper hit."
‑ Pete Hammond,
"This rock music comedy does has a few chuckles and belly laughs. And unlike a few other smug, self-satisfied comedies that have come along recently, this one at least seems to have a heart at its center."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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