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  • Summary: Far from your typical documentary, Rock School follows the trials and tribulations of far from your typical music school. Welcome to the hallowed halls of the Paul Green School of Rock Music, an after-school, Philadelphia institute of rock, where kids ages nine to seventeen learn theFar from your typical documentary, Rock School follows the trials and tribulations of far from your typical music school. Welcome to the hallowed halls of the Paul Green School of Rock Music, an after-school, Philadelphia institute of rock, where kids ages nine to seventeen learn the how-to's of rock and roll and serve under the tutelage of self-titles "uberlord" and founder of the school, Paul Green. (Newmarket Films) Expand
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  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. 80
    Engrossing and frequently hilarious.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    Irresistibly entertaining and full of unique character portraits.
  4. 75
    Even with Paul Green's invective echoing in the back of your mind, nothing's quite so heartwarming as the sight of a young person blossoming.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    As a portrait of dysfunctional pedagogy, it's both refreshing and more than a little terrifying.
  6. The scenes of Green lavishing affection on his charges under the closing credits go a long way to rounding out this entertaining portrait of a volatile but effective educator.
  7. 30
    Until the last 20 minutes or so of Rock School, the actual playing, while often startlingly good, is kind of boring.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 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 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
  2. 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 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. Collapse

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