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: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

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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Toussaint Egan

Powered almost entirely by Black's infectious charisma and eccentricity, School of Rock is raucous and heartwarming comedy.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Standout Jack Black in nerd-becomes-cool comedy.

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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.

Charlotte Harrison
Charlotte Sometimes Goes to the Movies

It feels futile to really tell you why you should watch this one. Either you've seen it already and this is a reminder of its brilliance and how you should go rewatch it immediately.

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David Ansen

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

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Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine

A raucous crowd pleaser with a pumping soundtrack, some awe inspiringly talented kids, and perfect comic performances.

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Tom Meek
Cambridge Day

The concept by Mike White is paper thin and takes a while to move beyond [Jack] Black's manic mugging, but it all falls into rhythm for the big emotional guitar solo.

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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.