Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. A must-see both for girls and the grownups who love them.
  2. 75
    The camp runs for a week in a warehouse in Oregon. What the girls might lack in musical talent and experience they make up for with infectious energy. Watch your tattooed butt, Amy Winehouse!
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    How are girls supposed to behave in a culture that tells them they're Disney princesses for the first 12 years and sex toys after that? Girls Rock! has one answer: Strap on a Fender and rage against the machine.
  4. There is something, well, awesome about watching these vivid young women realize that music isn't always made on computers as they give their bands cool names like the Ready and get onstage after five days and ferociously sing earnest lyrics they wrote themselves.
  5. The film is a hopeful, rollicking, rocking, humorous, heartbreaking journey.
  6. 75
    The filmmakers capture kids and adolescents who haven't hardened their feelings into attitudes or molded their gestures into poses.
  7. A jubilant documentary about a place where power chords and empowerment go hand in hand.
  8. We may not get to their innermost feelings, which would have taken this documentary to a deeper, maybe darker level, but the movie's purpose is celebratory. As such, it's a satisfying experience.
  9. In one slender documentary codirectors Shane King and Arne Johnson accomplish what Hollywood routinely bungles: incisively depicting the inner lives of complicated young females.
  10. 67
    Girls Rock! is cutesy and quick-cut, emphasizing the absurd while trying to keep the audience's interest with animated interludes and footage from corny old industrial films.
  11. Though Girls Rock! is nothing if not well meaning, it doesn't always feel like the best possible film on the subject.
  12. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    50
    Girls do rock, and the final concert is both wild and cathartic. Too bad we haven’t learned more about these rockers along the way.
  13. As the camera follows four campers in a Portland, Ore., rock school for girls, the result is less a journey than a collage of random thoughts, circumstances and events. There's plenty of telling, but not enough showing.
  14. Counselors and campers' moms tend to tear up when they talk about the lessons these girls are learning, lessons that go way beyond how to tune a bass, but this isn't exactly a "rah-rah" film.
  15. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    Aggressively upbeat docu, helmed by two males ill-equipped to bring any distance to the camp's pervasive feel-good feminism, tends to relentlessly reiterate points better served by example.
  16. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    40
    While the camp is all about liberation, the film hews to a predictable doc template and comes off as a drag.

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