Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    88
    There's nothing objectionable about the messages of the piece: always be true to yourself and treat everyone with dignity and respect. But teens and adults may find it a little saccharine.
  2. 88
    It's really a great movie, like a modern-day version of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney picture in which the kids put on a show that improves the lives of all who see it.
  3. It takes nothing away from this genuinely talented group of kids to express even greater admiration for the promotion and marketing.
  4. What matters is how well it's done, and Disney does a lot of things right. It's multicultural. Parents are portrayed as people. The intrapersonal dramas are small enough so viewers will understand them.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    80
    This is a hit, and has been carefully crafted by Disney to become one. The formula may be as old as pop culture itself, but (again) who really cares?
  6. 80
    Camp Rock is glossy, all right, and should provide a glow for Walt Disney Co.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    It’s all very sweet and tuneful, and took me back to my days as a Hayley Mills groupie.
  8. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    70
    This being Disney product, these issues are dealt with in primary colors, uplifting tones, and production levels that aim for exact competence—a workaday professionalism that's never too slick to alienate anyone.
  9. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    The band has a refreshing scruffiness but except for Joe gets too little screen time to leaven the formula slickness.
  10. 60
    If only the endeavor felt more worthy, and less prefabricated at some offshore factory where workers in mouse ears plug in the parts: the underconfident girl with a surprisingly pretty voice, the semi-bad boy with a sensitive side, the meticulously choreographed musical numbers, the heartfelt Disney lessons about self-love and self-expression.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Like "High School Musical," it's a painfully simple but efficient fairy tale for a generation that never heard of Frankie and Annette, blending music with teen angst about fitting in--all built around a likable protagonist, multiethnic cast and hot pop trio.
  12. Camp Rock is so rigidly formulaic, so unremarkable, that by the time the cast sings its finale, ''We Rock,'' it's hard to agree.
  13. Camp Rock isn't particularly good, but it's good at what it does. The product may be "inauthentic," if such a thing is even possible, but the way it will connect with a lot of little girls and more than a few little boys is real enough.
  14. 50
    Simultaneously overdone and underproduced, the movie jerks its way from point to point without bothering to explain the characters' behavior or inject any life into its musical numbers.
  15. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    40
    The movie has some bright spots, but so much of it revolves around the resident diva of the title camp that it’s hard to focus on the good stuff; you’re too annoyed at having this lazily imagined character shoved down your throat for the zillionth time.
  16. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    40
    Alas, although she's likable enough, Lovato just doesn't have the same sparkle as a Miley Cyrus--or an Ashley Tisdale, for that matter. And though her music is in the same dance-inspiring, easy-to-memorize mode as that of the "HSM" franchise, it's not as catchy.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 8 out of 13
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    0
    I do not even know how I managed to watch it until the end. Much worse than the channel's "High School Musical". Pitiable teenagers trying toI do not even know how I managed to watch it until the end. Much worse than the channel's "High School Musical". Pitiable teenagers trying to find their meaning of life in brainless romance. An obvious attempt to take over teenagers' minds with junk, in order to promote teen idols and yield profit. Full Review »
  2. Jun 21, 2012
    2
    Horrible, annoying, cliche, loud, stupid, and definitely not funny whatsoever. Demi Lovato gives a strong breakout performance, but other thanHorrible, annoying, cliche, loud, stupid, and definitely not funny whatsoever. Demi Lovato gives a strong breakout performance, but other than that its crap! Full Review »
  3. Jul 3, 2011
    0
    Horrible. The absolute worst of the teenage angst films that Disney channel has come up with. Shallow, bland, and very musically tone deaf,Horrible. The absolute worst of the teenage angst films that Disney channel has come up with. Shallow, bland, and very musically tone deaf, Camp Rock sucks very, very badly. Full Review »