Rock School
Rock School (2005)

Paul Green is a man who declares himself born to teach kids, but he has nothing to do with the traditional educational system. Musician Green is the proprietor of the Paul Green School of Rock Music, an after-school facility in Philadelphia… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 5, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting an entertaining and eccentric cast of characters, Rock School lives up to its name.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

So overpowering is Green's outsized, needy, arrested-adolescent personality (while you initially suspect he's playing for the camera, the blasé attitude of his students suggests he really is like this), it throws the movie off-balance.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

I don't know what it means that rock 'n' roll has become a bona fide after-school activity, but Rock School definitely kept my attention.

Cole Smithey

For all of his questionable methods, Paul Green gets results that are revealed when he takes a group of students to perform the difficult music of Frank Zappa at a Zappa festival in Bad Doberon, East Germany.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Their playing is terrific, but there's little doubt the kids are fulfilling Green's fantasy rather than the other way around.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Succeeds as a riveting movie because it doesn't try to lead us from verse to an obvious chorus about Green, or his uniquely abusive methods.

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Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today

Watching the students band together to rock -- and the faces of the audience and participants when they realize what these kids are capable of -- is a joy.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Green's heart, if not his head, seems in the right place. He's carrying the torch and holding it high, and his students seem to dig it.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

Rock fans will likely find the cast of characters and its 'überlord' founder compelling.

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Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat

The documentary studies the different children at the school, some lazy, some brilliant, some sensitive. Argott traces their development.

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This is a good documentary about how children can better themselves through heavy metal and verbal abuse. All joking aside, this was kind of hard to watch. I… More
Marcus Woolcott
So there's this guy who runs a school for kids who want to play ROCK! (if you consider Frank Zappa to be rock), and he shouts at them a lot and swears and… More