Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 80
    The end may be a bit of a letdown, but much of Garage Days is choice cuts indeed.
  2. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Visually inventive and refreshingly witty, pic provides an insider's look at the contempo Sydney music scene and showcases a smart young cast.
  3. 75
    The movie is not in any sense a musical featuring this band (which, as nearly as I could tell, does not have a name). The soundtrack has a lot of music, freely selected from pop hits old and new, but the running gag is that the band never gets to play, and so we never get to hear it.
  4. Though the storytelling is a bit lopsided, the slapdash quality is charming overall, and the movie benefits from colorful characters and a couple of hilarious scenes.
  5. Reviewed by: Collin Levey
    What MTV's "The Real World" would be like if its characters admitted they were simply aspiring actors. Garage Days is more clever, more compelling and genuine.
  6. Proyas creates an engaging, high-octane energy, boosted by an up-for-anything cast.
  7. 58
    It's a handsome film, and made with verve, but too often the tone wobbles and far, far too many of its jokes hit with a splat.
  8. A lively and lightweight comedy, the film finally connects with the real-life rush of playing music for a live audience.
  9. A lively little Australian rock movie hamstrung and sunk by one of the least successful story ideas I've seen recently.
  10. 50
    Garage Days is fun, but it would have been even more entertaining if Proyas had taken an unplugged approach.
  11. It's scary how unfunny this flick is.
  12. 50
    Dazzling imagery and a grab bag of wry jokes, no matter how lively, can take a movie only so far when there's no emotional ballast attached.
  13. 50
    Proyas is a veteran music-video director, and for its first half the film feels like one long video, albeit in a good way. He initially lets music and images tell his story rather than words, but in its second half, Garage Days succumbs to its overreaching, convoluted plot.
  14. 50
    Spotting trains that left the station a few years back.
  15. Like real indie films, garage bands are by definition rough around the edges, but what separates the true believers from the poseurs is their passion, their commitment -- and not just how cool they look on screen or on stage. A mainstream endeavor tricked out as an indie, Garage Days gives us plenty to look at but no reason to care.
  16. 50
    This wacky Australian comedy about a struggling rock band is tolerable fun, neither as inventive as Bob Rafelson's 60s sitcom "The Monkees" nor as hilariously bad as Ron Howard's made-for-TV cult movie "Cotton Candy" (1978).
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A startling about-face for Australian director Alex Proyas, and an unwelcome one as well.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The overall tone is one of mild Sex Pistols excess combined with Monkees-era high jinks.
  19. There's something uniquely embarrassing about a rock & roll fable that is no more authentic (and no less coy) than an episode of ''The Monkees'' yet insists on presenting itself as the epitome of rebel-yell cool.

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