Rock Star
Rock Star (2001)

Loosely inspired by the true story of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, this music industry fable from director Stephen Herek is based on a script by actor-turned-writer/director John Stockwell. Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris Cole, a wannabe… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 7, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Like its title, Rock Star is rather generic, being not so much about the heavy metal scene than about rock cliches and formula.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Every character becomes a cipher for a strangely reactionary morality tale.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A grueling and pointless endurance test

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not great, but moments of guilty pleasure.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is a nonstop cliche.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

It has a comical sense of history and seems perfectly aware that it is recounting a myth.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A watered down, lukewarm and very cliché rock fantasy...

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The weight of what might have been hangs heavily over the proceedings.

Robert Koehler

A movie about the gullible and pitched to the naive, Rock Star struggles to resist being as generic as its title, but is never more than just another replay of the hoary postulate that showbiz is all about rising, falling and being redeemed.

Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

The first half is hilarious but the second gives itself more to cautionary moralising and life lessons.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Dream big. Live the life. Great Movie! Simplistic and Enjoyable. This was a very real movie of a real rock band. I think Mark and Aniston did great acting… More
Lenny Muggsy
Mark Wahlberg, a Rock Star, Marky Mark? Good Vibrations meets Heavy Metal? He is a good enough actor to pull this off, kind of using a Dirk Diggler-esque… More
Conner Rainwater
It's actually a lot better than it gets credit for. It's one of Mark Wahlberg's best performances and a very captivating story from start to… More
Cassie Hill
Not as good as I expected but it was fairly decent.
Alex roy
As a diehard fan of heavy metal music, I for one saw this film, and definitely loved it. loosely based on Rob Halford leaving Judas Priest and being replaced by… More
Film Crazy
Well its a nice little movie! Especially if your a heavey rock fan as the music in this movie is awesome! Its a nice rock hard, funny in places heart warming… More