Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. While it's possible to have a great time with the movie without having any interest in Kiss, it should be noted that the band does make an appearance.
  2. Truly raunchy but it's more sweetly stupid and silly than anything.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    A very sweet, very funny coming-of-age story, featuring Kiss as the Great White Whale of adolescence.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    It's crude, sexist, ear-splittingly loud and a helluva lotta fun for anyone suffering from past or present testosterone overload.
  5. 70
    Unlike the many youth movies that can't overcome their makers' hindsight, this one may actually put you in an adolescent frame of mind.
  6. 63
    Detroit Rock City possesses three characteristics: an irreverent attitude, a high energy approach, and a loud soundtrack. While these qualities don't necessarily add up to a good movie, they keep the proceedings from becoming dull.
  7. The tuneful melodies of their favourite band grace the soundtrack, but let's not confuse this with a rock 'n' roll movie -- the music is just the blank canvas awaiting the higher art of the gross-out.
  8. 50
    It's not a full-on go-for-broke love letter to rock 'n' roll or a broad, joyous spoof, but something stuck awkwardly in between.
  9. Reviewed by: Gary Dauphin
    There's an awful lot of rocking out going on in Detroit Rock City, but then rocking out is this occasionally clever but lifeless movie's reason for being.
  10. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    If you love KISS, you'll probably see this movie anyway. If you don't, there's no point.
  11. A mildly diverting comedy but has little of real substance to recommend it.
  12. Well, it could have been good. But this goofy homage to Kiss fans gets dry mouth pretty fast.
  13. 25
    A rock 'n' roll film should be funny-crazy -- not just a big, dumb promo for some over-the-hill dudes in makeup who are trying to sell today's kids on yesterday's glory by championing deliquency.
  14. It's an utterly fake nostalgia piece -- stupid and pandering, a bad-boy teen flick that plays less like a loving look at the late '70s than a terrible movie from the late '70s.
  15. The cast never has much chance to shine. And the main attraction is kept all too understandably under wraps.
  16. 10
    Such a stupid, painfully obvious, gratingly unfunny dud that it's unlikely to please even the most gullible and easy-to-please members of the Kiss army.
  17. This aggressively stupid film is merely business as usual, a compendium of all the current obsessions and fixations that make so many of these films such unhappy experiences.
  18. A turgid, unfunny, out-of-time rockspolitation movie.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 9, 2013
    I'm not completely sure whether movie critics have high standards or just have no sense of humor. This movie was a charming ballad of the hair band listening, rebelling, coming-of-age teenager who's just trying live life to the fullest. This movie will likely touch the hearts of those who remembered what it was like growing up listening to rock and roll and wanting to live the rock star life and it will likely touch the hearts of future generations who will try to do the same. Don't you remember wanting to go to a concert that your parents didn't want you to?! In this movie, four high school teenagers overcome all of the craziest odds to do so, to go see Kiss in none other than Detroit Rock City! Full Review »
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    A 33???? Suck My D*CK. This movie is so god damn bad ass and funny as hell. "Isn't that how horror movies start" "Yea but that's also how pornos start too man!!" Effing Classic. Full Review »
  3. TylerA.
    Mar 28, 2007
    This movie is awesome! I am a massive KISS fan, I showed it to a few friends who weren't KISS fans and they found it pretty good. You could only really watch it again and again if you are a KISS fan! Its better than all those teen movies which is all about scoring before a social event or whatever. Its just a fun film about four teens trying to see THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD! Full Review »