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  • Summary: Acclaimed director Alex Proyas puts his visionary spin on the story of an Australian garage band that is willing to do just about anything to make it to the top -- or at least a stage. (Fox Searchlight)
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. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Collin Levey
    70
    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.
  4. 50
    Spotting trains that left the station a few years back.
  5. 50
    Garage Days is fun, but it would have been even more entertaining if Proyas had taken an unplugged approach.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. AmurabiM.
    May 29, 2006
    3
    are you kidding me? is alex proyas joking? or what? is this really serious? or is just an intent of proyas to "prove" other fields? i don´t think so. In this cartoonish film, Proyas (the fabulous creator of "The Crow" and "Dark City") falls in the most disgusting abbyss of great-directors-turned-to-complete-assholes. His script is just a collection of cliches, bad jokes, terribly unfunny gags, predictible writing, horrible lines, and stupid plot. What was he thinking? His portrait of rock&roll life is fake, as fake and poseur as the clothing of the bass player character, just fashion not soul. This film is as the music than the fake band in the movie plays: horrible. His intentions are unclear. I really love the work of Proyas but this is so horrible than his reputation is shaking. I think that this horrible film it must be forgotten, for the audiences for the creators and especially for the director who looks how his body of work (than is exquisite as so short) is damages for a complete stupid movie than tries to be style over substance but that is just a joke. A stupid, bothering and boring joke. (I´m sorry, I´m mexican and I don´t understand the sense of australian humor, is that personal? or the movie is unfunny? than someone explains to me!) Expand

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