Rock the Kasbah
Rock the Kasbah (2015)

A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 23, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2016
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8%
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29%



Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Shareef don't like Rock the Kasbah, and neither will viewers hoping for a film that manages to make effective use of Bill Murray's knack for playing lovably anarchic losers.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Leaving aside the galloping misogyny, 'Rock the Kasbah' just isn't remotely funny or smart.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Not Murray's best and not Levinson's either.

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Sinead Brennan
RTÉ (Ireland)

The biggest shock in a film that utilised every stereotype and cliché in the book is that The Clash's Rock The Kasbah doesn't feature. It could only have improved things.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

As one-liner after one-liner misses its mark, you begin to feel sorry for Murray, who's really too old to be playing a guy who has a little daughter ... and likes to get kinky with Kate Hudson as a raucous, Dolly Parton-style hooker-businesswoman.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

An acclaimed film director, a legendary comic actor, lots of fun rock and pop songs, and a noble story at its core can't save "Rock the Kasbah" from being one hugely misguided dud.

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Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys

Murray's performance really is one of very few saving graces in this truly underwhelming piece of cinema.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It needs a smarter script. It needs at least two or three perfectly engineered, joke-after-joke sequences. It needs a smart director - did you really do "Wag the Dog," Levinson? - whose idea of political satire goes beyond freshman-year sarcasm.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The first half is pure pleasure as Murray gets thoroughly immersed and enmeshed in Kabul crazy.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Murray is entertaining but the plot seems entirely arbitrary with characters such as Kate Hudson's happy hooker Merci popping up without much rhyme or reason. A real disappointment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
Not totally terrible, but somewhat insensitive tone and setup. Utterly formulaic with annoying archetypes disguised as thinly drawn original characters. If this… More
Philip Price
Rock the Kasbah is a film that is neither here nor there. It is an odd case of feeling completely inconsequential while using relevant aspects of our current… More
Dann Michalski
Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, and Zooey Deschanel Rock the Kasbah in this quirky lighthearted comedy. The story follows a washed up talent manager who gets… More
Ian Walker
I enjoyed this. The typical tale of rags to riches, similar to the likes of Slumdog Millionaire and it had a decent soundtrack too. Not the best moment of Bill… More
Jesse Ortega
This is the worst Bill Murray, probably, since either of the Garfield movies. It's one of the few movies that manages to make Bill Murray completely… More