Bandslam (2009)

A gifted young singer-songwriter recruits the new kid in town to manage her fledgling rock band in this music-driven comedy starring Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Gaelan Connell. Charlotte Banks (Aly Michalka) has what it takes to be a true rock… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bandslam is an intelligent teen film that avoids teen film cliches, in an entertaining package of music and coming-of-age drama.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

There is really just a lot to like here.

Andy Webster
New York Times

Tidy, heartfelt direction by Todd Graff (Camp); astute song references; and a David Bowie cameo transcend the formula underpinnings and keep Bandslam buoyant, gratifying and, yes, rocking.

Neil Pond
American Profile

A message that never gets old: On stage or in high-school hallways, sometime it's the losers that turn out to be the real winners.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

These are characters that make mistakes, they redeem themselves, and they grow throughout the course of the film.

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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie has a few good tunes and some charming comic dash, at least at first.

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Katina Vangopoulos

Fun without too much camp.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Bandslam is hardly the definition of a great movie, but it is pleasant and bright and doesn't insult its audience's intelligence. And that's as rare and welcome as a well-crafted three-minute pop song.

Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

Bandslam consistently exceeds current teen-flick standards thanks to its snarky humour, its strong musical sequences and its ability to convey the excitement the characters feel both about performing and forming new friendships.

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Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

What keeps Bandslam afloat is the way its sweet moments find weird ways of stepping into convention.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Witty, Emotional, and Funny! Bandslam soars above all the movies in it's genre. It has it's own certain style that grabs your attention and never… More
Nicki Marie
This has good reviews, but I couldn't say it did a lot for me, really. I was bored within half hour of it. It is nice to see Lisa Kudrow in something new… More
Kyle Fowler
Bandslam is clever, funny, charming, and insightful, and Gaelan Connell is a surprisingly charming lead, but it suffers from some odd inconsistencies in its… More
paul sandberg
In a parellel universe there was a film called "School of Rock", where a bunch of kids get together and form a band. While that film had its moments… More
Bentley Lyles
Since "Sucker Punch" released today, I decided to review another film that stars that hot hottie, Vanessa Hudgens. "Bandslam" is one of the… More
Cynthia S.
Definitely a feel-good, fun movie.