Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26

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  1. It's hard to complain about a pop culture phenomenon built on unabashed innocence. And anyway, we might as well get used to it: Neither the movie nor the passionate tween squeals at a recent preview leave any doubt that "HSM 4" is on its way - or that the inevitable "College Musical" will be far behind.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    For all its unforgivable blandness, "High School Musical" opens young audiences to the charms of this most transporting of movie genres.
  3. A candy-colored never-never land that Peter Pan might envy.
  4. 58
    Efron is the epitome of sexless Disney heartthrobs, but he's an electrifying song-and-dance man, so much so that his castmates (Bleu excepted) look like they have concrete shoes by comparison.
  5. 50
    High School Musical 3 wore me out, but I'm not the target audience. My favorite high school musical was "Hamlet 2."
  6. 50
    Set against a production design seemingly inspired by the American flag, director Kenny Ortega's choreography is industrial and efficient, if haplessly stranded somewhere between Michael Jackson and the Village People.
  7. Unfortunately, the writing has become so bad that it becomes impossible to keep your head in the game - even as your toes continue to tap to the beat.
  8. 50
    Right out of the gate, we realize that bringing the series to the big screen makes the flaws that much more obvious. The voices are too thin, the music and lyrics too simplistic, and the production values are – frankly – too "televisual."
  9. The result unfortunately has the blandness of a mediocre TV sitcom.
  10. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    If you're under 12, you won't be disappointed. If you're over 12, the fact this is as funny and bright as it is insipid won't stop you from avoiding it like the plague.
  11. No spoilers here, but there are enough hints that the incoming class of happy-go-lucky theater folk will have plenty to do in the already-in-the-works fourth installment.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    While Ortega and fellow choreographers Charles Klapow and Bonnie Story stretch their imaginations, there's something almost lazy about the picture's underachiever script.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 43
  2. Negative: 23 out of 43
  1. JayH
    Feb 15, 2009
    3
    Disney has always been out of touch with teen youth, and they seem to be drifting further away, with HSM 3 being a good example of that. The Disney has always been out of touch with teen youth, and they seem to be drifting further away, with HSM 3 being a good example of that. The film is energetic, but the songs are unmemorable, the performances shallow and the story is silly. Lets just hope now that they are seniors the tortuous musicals will end. Full Review »
  2. CuhawkI.
    Oct 31, 2008
    4
    What a horrible movie and album. How does this sellout (movie) sell 200k (soundtrack) in the first week? The auto tune is actually What a horrible movie and album. How does this sellout (movie) sell 200k (soundtrack) in the first week? The auto tune is actually distracting enough to the point where you can hear jumps in tone and note if you listen carefully enough. The movie is too bubblegum pop and not enough focus on music. Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2016
    8
    I think it's really cool how you can see the improvement in the cast's acting, singing and dancing compared from the beginning.

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