Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    60
    The Rocker has the requisite vomit, the view of some very unfortunate hind quarters and the suds. It's also got a vein of sweetness and charm.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    60
    Lightweight but likable.
  3. 60
    There are plenty of funny moments, as well as a sweet subplot involving the unkempt drummer and the guitarist's no-nonsense mom (Christina Applegate).
  4. 58
    Wilson and a loaded supporting cast are never as funny as they should be.
  5. Too bad it shortchanges the music and fails to provide much evidence for Wilson's appeal.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    50
    For the most part, The Rocker is content to simply keep the beat, marking time as the summer movie season moves on.
  7. Wilson works overtime to hold Peter Cattaneo's flimsy comedy together.
  8. Reviewed by: James Hannaham
    50
    A pleasant but unimpressive experience.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    50
    You want to like almost everyone in this film, but they're all undone by a weak script.
  10. Most disappointingly, the music is tepid, mediocre pop pastiche.
  11. The movie is so tepid and inoffensive: It reminded me of a '70s Disney live-action product, with clean-scrubbed "hippies" like Johnny Whitaker chafing harmlessly under the wise ministrations of Suzanne Pleshette, whose job was to keep the kids in hand.
  12. It's depressing when the best thing you can say about a comedy is that its second-rateness is pleasantly in sync with its unmagnetic hero.
  13. 50
    The Rocker is more disappointing than it is outright bad. One expects something a little fresher from Wilson.
  14. The only brazen thing about the film is how shamelessly it rips off "School of Rock."
  15. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    40
    Not terribly original or funny.
  16. 40
    Wilson is buoyed by a sporadically witty script, and while there are no surprises whatsoever in the story, his goofy, puppylike charm renders what could have been a disaster merely an unfortunate event.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    40
    This is sugary-sweet stuff--pop instead of rock.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 21, 2014
    6
    It was nice to see Rainn Wilson in a lead role in a movie after gaining recognition for his role in the office. I've always had the dreams ofIt was nice to see Rainn Wilson in a lead role in a movie after gaining recognition for his role in the office. I've always had the dreams of being a rock star so this movie was very relatable to me. Wilson was sort of the shining star on this cast. The group were truly more of a pop band in the film but it was good for some laughs. Full Review »
  2. Jan 5, 2011
    8
    I was flicking through the channels bored, and then I caught this movie on in one of of the movie channels. And I was really entertained. It'sI was flicking through the channels bored, and then I caught this movie on in one of of the movie channels. And I was really entertained. It's a great movie. Full Review »
  3. Dec 5, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. by Jared from jaredstuff.com:
    Which movie should you watch this week? You should watch this one: Rocker, a feel-good comedy from 2008 starring Dwight K. Schrute from The Office, a.k.a. Rainn Wilson from real life. Rainnâ
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