Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. It's a big enough film to hold all the contradictions. Green has an ego and a gift for stealing the spotlight with a wink and a grin. Yet his respect for the kids is genuine.
  2. Hilarious, inspired, frenzied.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. ChadS.
    Dec 12, 2005
    7
    It's a little disturbing to see Paul Green on the stage stealing some of the limelight away from his kids after their performance at the Frank Zappa festival. But you have to give him his due if musicians from Zappa's band are impressed. The highlight of "Rock School" is when Zappa's flutist lead the German crowd in a round of "we're not worthy" bowing towards the guitar prodigy. What's also great is the brutally funny put-downs of such multi-platnium acts such as Limp Bizkit, 311, and Sheryl Crow. They should know. They can play "Inca Roads", which we learn is the rock equivalent of Rachmaninoff. But it doesn't really excuse this instructor's boorish behavior. If you think it's alright, imagine him as a little league baseball coach, and he's screaming at your kid after a strikeout or fielding error. Full Review »
  2. FredN.
    Nov 4, 2005
    9
    A lot of criticism of this movie is actually of Paul Green, saying he's overbearing, manipulative, demands that his students practice endlessly and rides their success or will ride their future successes to glory. Hmmm, sounds like every prominent teacher of music I've ever heard of. Why should a teacher of rock be any different than say classical? The movie is a lot of fun, especially if you grew up with rock music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Full Review »