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  • Summary: The Rocker, aka Robert "Fish" Fishman, was the drummer for an eighties hair band. He was living the rock 'n' roll dream... until he was kicked out of the group. Twenty years later, the desperate rocker joins his nephew's band, "A.D.D.," finally reclaiming the rock-god throne he's alwaysThe Rocker, aka Robert "Fish" Fishman, was the drummer for an eighties hair band. He was living the rock 'n' roll dream... until he was kicked out of the group. Twenty years later, the desperate rocker joins his nephew's band, "A.D.D.," finally reclaiming the rock-god throne he's always thought he deserved -- while taking his much younger bandmates along for the ride of their lives. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    The movie's is really good, clean fun that's fine for slightly older kids and a lot of fun for adults.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    70
    Wilson makes the most of it in this well-crafted, feel-good satire.
  4. 58
    Wilson and a loaded supporting cast are never as funny as they should be.
  5. Wilson works overtime to hold Peter Cattaneo's flimsy comedy together.
  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. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    If you're a Rainn Wilson fan, catch a rerun of "The Office."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Dec 5, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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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  2. KaylaG
    Jan 27, 2009
    10
    This movie made me feel good inside.
  3. MattN.
    Nov 23, 2009
    10
    Funny, Great Music, Thoughtful, Touching - What are the critics problems? - They should just start enjoying more and critiquing less. Maybe Funny, Great Music, Thoughtful, Touching - What are the critics problems? - They should just start enjoying more and critiquing less. Maybe be a little more like they were when they were younger. This was a very good, thoughtful and funny movie with some pretty darn good talent on screen. Expand
  4. CameronS.
    Aug 22, 2008
    7
    A surprisingly good movie with a surprisingly good soundtrack and a surprisingly weak ending.
  5. JasonD.
    Feb 9, 2009
    7
    I thought that this movie was pretty good. It wasn't laugh out loud funny through the entire movie, but it had it's moments. I I thought that this movie was pretty good. It wasn't laugh out loud funny through the entire movie, but it had it's moments. I though that overall it was very entertaining. Rainn Wilson is a very funny man and he did a good job portraying this character. It was better than what I originally expected. Expand
  6. BillP.
    Sep 26, 2008
    7
    A very enjoyable movie. Lots of likeable characters. A kind-of weak script, but, again, a good way to spend a week night when you just want A very enjoyable movie. Lots of likeable characters. A kind-of weak script, but, again, a good way to spend a week night when you just want to relax and be amused. When I watched it, I felt like I did when I watched "Accepted". Expand
  7. ChadS.
    Aug 20, 2008
    4
    Got Yow? Not Curtis, no way, contrary to the poster hanging on his bedroom wall, the frontman for A.D.D.'s got no Yow in him. The Got Yow? Not Curtis, no way, contrary to the poster hanging on his bedroom wall, the frontman for A.D.D.'s got no Yow in him. The real-life Teddy Geiger might be a Jesus Lizard fan, but his alter-ego is more like The Jesus Meerkat than the influential late-eighties noise band from Chicago(named after the "basilicus basilicus", the lizard that walks on water). A.D.D.'s meteoric rise to fame has almost no basis in reality, but that's nothing compared to Vesuvius' surprising viability in the music industry. Imagine if the Seattle music scene in the early-nineties never happened. That's what "The Rocker" did. A "hair-band" like Vesuvius sells out arenas, and worse yet, gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "The Rocker" is no more realistic about the music biz than "Alvin and the Chipmunks". For A.D.D. to make any headway towards legitimacy, the up-and-comers have to overcome the gimmicky notoriety of being a "You Tube" sensation. They're the band saddled with "The Naked Drummer". In a smarter movie, the suits would force the kids to replace Robert(Rainn Wilson) before signing them to a record contract. In a smarter, funnier movie, it's the kids who act like decadent rockers, not the middle-aged uncle. Make Amelia(Emma Stone) a lush; Matt(Josh Gad), a womanizer; and Curtis(Teddy Geiger), a heroin addict. A.D.D. is one boring band. Shouldn't fame change them in some essential way? The kids are worse than alright, they're underwritten. "The Rocker" is too Fish-centric. Expand

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