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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
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  1. IanC.
    Jun 10, 2005
    9
    It's a fun movie for everyone.
  2. GettfordM.
    Jun 4, 2005
    8
    Definitely an inspiriational movie if you play music and/or work with kids. I think Paul's choice of music is impeccable, but the documentarian focused far to much on the twin 9-year-olds who had absolutely no sense of pitch, timing, or anything else that would assist them at coming anywhere close to playing/singing their Black Sabbath songs accurately. And the mother? Living Definitely an inspiriational movie if you play music and/or work with kids. I think Paul's choice of music is impeccable, but the documentarian focused far to much on the twin 9-year-olds who had absolutely no sense of pitch, timing, or anything else that would assist them at coming anywhere close to playing/singing their Black Sabbath songs accurately. And the mother? Living "vicariously through her sons"??? A bigger understatement in the movie, mom??? Still, the world needs more guys like Paul. Egomaniac? Sure, as he admits. But his passion for the kids is refreshing. Expand
  3. 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, 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. Expand
  4. 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 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. Expand
  5. SaraS.
    Jun 23, 2005
    6
    The Paul Green School of Rock is a film that seems to have mixed emotions, and unless you can handle screaming at kids until they curl up in a ball or cry, you'll come out of the film with mixed emotions as well. The kids are great, and watching them is great, but Paul Green is a sick man, and this dosen't come out until the middle of the film, when he says, among other things, The Paul Green School of Rock is a film that seems to have mixed emotions, and unless you can handle screaming at kids until they curl up in a ball or cry, you'll come out of the film with mixed emotions as well. The kids are great, and watching them is great, but Paul Green is a sick man, and this dosen't come out until the middle of the film, when he says, among other things, that kids are the devil because they put their parents and friends first. He's a classic abusive bully: he gets the kids impressed with him by playing cool, talking about drugs & swearing and satan so that they think he's treating them like a peer, then he shamelessly manipulates them into practicing like crazy little adults. His methods are disgusting, and the last half of the movie feels like one is forced to be complicit in watching him justify his methods by the sweat of the kids. He's a nasty, selfish twit, and the movie left me really disgusted. I mean: yeah, the kids can play guitar, but if they are left thinking they deserve to be terrified, screamed at, insulted, and manipulated because they are, you know, kids, and don't play Zappa well, is it worth it? If the answer is yes, you will think this is a heartwarming movie. Otherwise you'll be left profoundly disturbed. Expand
  6. CharlieW.
    Jul 17, 2005
    0
    Don't bother.
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. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    70
    With a combination of talent and a child’s excitement and outrage for music, Green has a personality to rival Jack Black’s fictional rocker-turned-teacher from "School of Rock."
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    Irresistibly entertaining and full of unique character portraits.
  3. 50
    Don Argott's lively documentary, ostensibly a paean to alternative pedagogy, extends its subject a long leash, and he in turn does his damnedest to sabotage the project. Rock School ends up being a movie about just how little fun rock 'n' roll can be.