The Rocker
The Rocker (2008)

The Office star Rainn Wilson portrays a drummer named "Fish," who gets a second shot at fame 20 years after getting kicked out of his band on the very night they signed the record contract that made them stars. Fish has spent the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a predictable and lightweight story, the earnest efforts of the cast are squandered by The Rocker's bland script.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

A whacked-out, superannuated, would-be rock star might seem to be too easy a comic target, but Wilson gives this sad sack so many fresh twists that he never wears out his welcome.

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

The Rocker has the requisite vomit, the view of some very unfortunate hind quarters and the suds. It's also got a vein of sweetness and charm.

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Ali Gray

The Rocker is more Keane than Keith Moon: slow, safe and about as edgy as a tangerine.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

As a movie, it may not rock, but it rolls along nicely enough.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The melody of The Rocker feels predictable but the beat is refreshingly off-kilter.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

More fun than a fifth of Rebel Yell and a bag of Quaaludes.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

It's a slave to formula, and it hits its marks satisfyingly enough to make for a pleasant time-passer, but Wilson and a loaded supporting cast are never as funny as they should be.

Darel Jevens
Chicago Sun-Times

The film equivalent of an inoffensive throwaway track, what we used to call a B-side, back in the days of Vesuvius.

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Michael Dequina

Just because one is a scene stealer on TV does not mean he or she is big screen material, period, much less a movie star.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
I believe this was Rainn Wilson's first leading role in his own movie, the first time a movie revolved around his character. Unfortunately the movie… More
Cassie Hill
Such an awesome movie. Rainn Wilson was hilarious (: The music was amazing and the other supporting credits from Christina Applegate, Emma Stone, Teddy Geiger,… More
KJ Proulx
Only funny when it wants to be, "The Rocker" embraces the rocker-lifestyle stereotype, but does not fully deliver on a compelling enough story to… More
Manu Gino
A comedy for the rockstar in all of us Very funny and cool movie! I like this movie alot because it's very funny and simply entertains which is key. Rainn… More
Lucas Martins
Despite the energy and charisma of Rainn Wilson, The Rocker, have just a few funny scenes, bad script and that show a waste of talent by Wilson, others good… More
Richard C
really funny. B