School of Rock
School of Rock (2003)

The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 3, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Black's exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time.

David Ansen

School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.

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David Edelstein

School of Rock is uncut bliss.

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Antonia Quirke
London Evening Standard

School of Rock just doesn't rock. It has no appetite for destruction. No raw power. It's like late Whitesnake. Tidied-up, over-produced. Jack Black is not, sad to say, Jack White.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It's genuinely good hearted, and features child actors that look like real kids, all permeation of geeky, fat, skinny, sullen and silent in that way that only actual kids can be.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

It would be a shame if only kids went to see this film. Adults who can still plug in to their inner rocker, if only to play air guitar, will love it, too.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[A] great big ball of entertainment ...

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It's great fun. It's like one of those inspirational sports movies where you want to stand up and cheer at the end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Shankle
Great humor and rockin' story (had to do it, I'm sorry). Jack Black usually annoys me but that is not the case here. I feel like this was the film he… More
Jason Spencer
Eugene Bernabe
Richard Linklater's cult hard-rock comedy hits the right notes and plays louder than anything i've ever heard. Jack Black was the perfect symbolism of… More
Sanjay Rema
The whole movie is a bit of a cliche and not too funny, but can get entertaining at times. Breaking the fourth wall at the end of the movie doesn't help… More
Melvin White
Dewey Finn: Dude, I service society by rocking, OK? I'm out there on the front lines liberating people with my music!  "We don't need no… More
Lady D'arbanville
If you like Jack Black then you'll like this film.