Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Had Cameron Crowe and the late John Hughes collaborated on a movie populated by Disney Channel superstars, the result might have looked and sounded a lot like Todd Graff's Bandslam. And that's meant as a compliment.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    High school musicals have their scrappiest number in Bandslam, an awkward, earnest, almost irresistible indie.
  3. Reviewed by: Ruth McCann
    the script's earnest intelligence and the actors' charm (Connell, Hudgens and Kudrow are especially fun to watch) make this film an entertaining ode to teenage joie de vivre.
  4. 75
    This isn’t a breakthrough movie, but for what it is, it’s charming, and not any more innocuous than it has to be.
  5. Here’s the surprise: Bandslam may come from synthetic materials, but the characters are a little more complicated than usual.
  6. The late John Hughes would have liked Bandslam, an upbeat high school musical that plays like a garage-band cover of "The Breakfast Club."
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Bandslam is “Camp’’ with rock ’n’ roll instead of show tunes, but its roots go back to the Busby Berkeley backstagers and Mickey-and-Judy let’s-put-on-a-show musicals of the 1930s.
  8. Misfit teens in the process of forming a high school band learn life lessons and raise their goblets of rock. But there's enough of a strong filmmaking backbeat in Bandslam to carry the movie's light tune.
  9. Best of all is newcomer Connell, the kind of charismatic kid who would have been cast in "Freaks and Geeks" ten years ago.
  10. Reviewed by: Nicholas Rapold
    Todd Graff's film is written with a desperate cleverness that clamors for attention over the brainless against-the-odds music-competition plot.
  11. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Buoyant, gratifying and, yes, rocking.
  12. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Bandslam works best when it's focused on young, adorably neurotic creative types putting on a show.
  13. Bandslam belongs to Connell. He has the unruly 'fro and endearing shamblingness of a young Daniel Stern, and he ably brings to life that rarest of cinematic qualities: decency.
  14. 67
    Throughout its first two acts, Bandslam is charming, sweet, and funny enough to merit inclusion in the upper echelon of teen comedies. Then comes a third act weighed down with arbitrary romantic conflicts, leaden melodrama, and a tiresome subplot.
  15. 63
    Fairly entertaining, if hardly surprising, results.
  16. Two incompatible movies duke it out in Bandslam. Although it's the wimpy teen musical that prevails, it's the misfit coming-of-age story that leaves an impression.
  17. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Surprisingly watchable despite the formulaic teen format.
  18. 50
    The performances in Bandslam are uniformly strong -- good enough to make you wish this bunch of charismatic, talented kids had been given better material.
  19. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    The least offensive teen movie in ages.
  20. Lack of sparkling teen chatter prevent this movie from being a slam dunk.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 15, 2012
    One of my favorite films EVER!!! BandSlam is perfect, incredible, funny, have an indie spirit, is a fantastic film, is amazing, and the music OMG, is fantastic, songs like someone to fall back on or everything I own, are amazing and emotive. I love this film. Full Review »