Drumline (2002)

Drumline brings the world of "show-style" marching bands (popular at traditionally black, Southern colleges) to the big screen for the first time. The story, by Shawn Schepps, was inspired by the high school drumline experiences… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 13, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Essentially a sports movie with drums, the energetic Drumline somehow manages to make the familiar seem fresh.

Charles Taylor

Charles Stone III is a craftsman with brains and taste, an instinctive sense of where to put the camera and the discipline not to belabor scenes.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I love that we get into this world of marching bands. We barely see any football players -- we see the top of their helmets as they're getting out of the way.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Outstanding cast, great message, strong language.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A superlative B movie -- funny, sexy, and rousing.

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Joe Leydon

[Has] an abundance of heart and humor.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

True bandos can see themselves in this exuberant, charismatic and lovingly accurate college marching-band movie that faked no flavor while staying in step with themes of instruction, character and respect.

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James Berardinelli

Offers little that's surprising or groundbreaking, but, because the script is smart enough not to insult us and to develop a group of interesting characters, the act of watching the film is an entertaining experience rather than a tedious exercise.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Drumline sags a little toward the middle ... But the final showdown is a skills-'n'-style spectacular that feels like vibrant outtake from a highly choreographed civil war.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a shame films of this ilk don't make it into theaters often.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Wow. A movie that can make watching marching bands interesting. The constant battles are very fun to watch. Young funny guy Nick Cannon really adds alot to this… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
this doesnt deserve a review. either youre dumb enough to like this kind of movie or you arent
Chris Weber
I had never planned on seeing this (for whatever reason), but I saw it a few years ago in a film and music class and forgot to review it on here. It's… More
Lewis C.
I'm Nick Cannon! I play the drums! Boom boom boom!
Jennifer D
I was in the band in high school. I appreciate it's cuteness.
Jason Spencer
This is your basic everyday sports formula movie. A rookie comes in with all the talent in the world but no clue how to work as a team. He makes enemies and… More