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  • Summary: Hell raising guitarist with delusions of grandeur Dewey Finn (Black) has been kicked out of his band. Desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher and turns a class of fifth grade high-achievers into high-voltage rock and rollers. (Paramount)
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. The School of Rock was made by gifted veterans of the American indie scene, but it's still the most unlikely great movie of the year.
  2. 100
    An exuberant, raucous and thoroughly endearing comedy
  3. A movie for almost everyone, from boomer parents (who remember their teens and twenties) to their teenage kids (who can't wait to get started with same). And if there's anyone who can bring so many into the same mosh pit, it's Black, who so occupies the role you can't believe he's acting.
  4. The kids, all real musicians performing, are wonderful, and so is Black; Joan Cusack is both charming and funny as the principal.
  5. 80
    Jack Black is consistently hilarious--and not just in his dreams of moshpit glory.
  6. 75
    One of the year's most consistently entertaining and ingratiating movies, building to an inspirational climax that's as rousing as it is predictable.
  7. Somewhere inside "School" lurks a heartwarming or hilarious movie, perhaps both.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 255
  1. JesseL.
    May 17, 2008
    10
    it was a very good movie. and yea i agree, the fact that Jack Black was able to tune down his many obsenities for a childrens movie (or it was a very good movie. and yea i agree, the fact that Jack Black was able to tune down his many obsenities for a childrens movie (or pg-13) and Katie (A.K.A the bass guitar) is hot. Expand
  2. SamH.
    May 28, 2006
    10
    My parents ALWAYS laugh at just about every second of this movie!
  3. Dec 9, 2014
    10
    This is a really fun film - and we all need more of those.
    Jack Black can be "over the top" and he's WAY over the top in this but it succeeds
    This is a really fun film - and we all need more of those.
    Jack Black can be "over the top" and he's WAY over the top in this but it succeeds by being cute, fun and silly at the same time. The film feels like it's only a few minutes long as it zips by. The extras on the DVD are fun too !!
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  4. JacobH.
    Apr 7, 2007
    9
    Funny movie, good music, the clash hell yea, but Jack Black thinks he iz da shit, and is so funny, and he is, but he sux @ guitar.
  5. Nov 13, 2012
    9
    A fun, light-hearted farce that is punctuated by some surprising depth and feeling. School of Rock is a winner, and, to quote Dewy, it kicks ass.
  6. May 1, 2012
    8
    Jack does an amazing job of bringing it home with a face-melter. Watch this movie and prepare to be rocked, as well as come away with someJack does an amazing job of bringing it home with a face-melter. Watch this movie and prepare to be rocked, as well as come away with some great one-liners. Expand
  7. michaelt
    Oct 12, 2005
    3
    I cant believe that anyone can like this terrible excuse for a movie, i tried watching it with my brothers and they just left! The characters I cant believe that anyone can like this terrible excuse for a movie, i tried watching it with my brothers and they just left! The characters (in particular that of the principle) are unrealistic and poorly acted. Unfortunately i have been forced to sit through several runnings of this film... wasted time :( Expand

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