Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Wilson is pretty much the whole show. With nobody else around to steal from, he ends up stealing scenes from himself.
  2. It's a lot of fun. Its spirit is genuine and, even with the odd vomit gag, fundamentally sweet.
  3. 75
    This familiar scenario works because of well-written and acted characters. The disciplined direction is by Peter Cattaneo, who tackled somewhat similar material in "The Full Monty" a decade ago.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The movie's is really good, clean fun that's fine for slightly older kids and a lot of fun for adults.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    The most surprising thing about The Rocker is how enjoyable it is.
  6. Overcomes its essential familiarity thanks to a frequently witty script, grounded direction (by Peter Cattaneo, of "Full Monty" fame) and an engaging turn by its star that proves him more than capable of carrying a comedy feature.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Wilson makes the most of it in this well-crafted, feel-good satire.
  8. The Rocker can be amusingly dopey, with its "Spinal Tap"-ish lampooning of rock idioms - and idiots.
  9. 63
    A grubby little redemption comedy that in every way feels like a consignment-shop Jack Black vehicle.
  10. Silly, and unashamedly second-hand, the movie is essentially a Jack Black movie without Jack Black, which is, arguably, an improvement.
  11. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    Lightweight but likable.
  12. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    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.
  13. 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).
  14. Too bad it shortchanges the music and fails to provide much evidence for Wilson's appeal.
  15. 58
    Wilson and a loaded supporting cast are never as funny as they should be.
  16. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    You want to like almost everyone in this film, but they're all undone by a weak script.
  17. 50
    The Rocker is more disappointing than it is outright bad. One expects something a little fresher from Wilson.
  18. Wilson works overtime to hold Peter Cattaneo's flimsy comedy together.
  19. Reviewed by: James Hannaham
    A pleasant but unimpressive experience.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    For the most part, The Rocker is content to simply keep the beat, marking time as the summer movie season moves on.
  22. Most disappointingly, the music is tepid, mediocre pop pastiche.
  23. 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.
  24. The only brazen thing about the film is how shamelessly it rips off "School of Rock."
  25. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    Not terribly original or funny.
  26. 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.
  27. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    This is sugary-sweet stuff--pop instead of rock.
  28. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    If you're a Rainn Wilson fan, catch a rerun of "The Office."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 5, 2011
    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's a great movie. Full Review »
  2. Dec 5, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. by Jared from
    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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  3. AnnieS.
    Jan 16, 2010
    This was a great movie! It has great laughs, sweet moments, catchy music, and Rainn Wilson. Need I say more?