'High School Musical 3: Senior Year' Critic Reviews

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  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    High School Musical 3: Senior Year gives you an honest jolt of feel-good fizz. It may be as friendly and square as one of those 1950s teen romps in which the actors wore letter sweaters, but that doesn't mean the movie is an uptight anachronism.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Mr. Efron's athletic grace is Astaire-like in its casual authority. Ms. Hudgens's blissful smiles melt the screen.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    High School Musical 3: Senior Year makes cellophane taste like chicken jalfrezi.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Even if the refreshing gust doesn't stay with you long, it's fun while it lasts.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Despite its own synthetic, over-processed production values, "High School Musical 3" exudes genuine appeal, thanks to director Kenny Ortega's brilliant choreography and a gifted cast.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    For all its unforgivable blandness, High School Musical opens young audiences to the charms of this most transporting of movie genres.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    It's hard to complain about a pop culture phenomenon built on unabashed innocence.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    If you're a fan, you won't be disappointed.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Its winning formula is driven not by narrative but by what isn't there: no sex, no drugs, and no rock and roll-- unless you count the logjam of thundering power ballads.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tasha Robinson Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Musical 3 is frustratingly shallow, but what it lacks in narrative ambition, it makes up for in dazzling choreography.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    To witness Number 3 explode on the big screen in a theater hopping with fans is to experience Beatlemania for the millennials. Not since A Hard Day's Night have I seen such collective blissout. (If only HSM's music were that memorable!)
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    What's unfortunate isn't that this is a bad film, but rather that it had the potential to be such a good one and fell short.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Go ahead, dance it out.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
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  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    [An] infectiously upbeat bigscreen extension of Disney Channel's runaway TV movie sensation.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The movie sounds as though it was recorded in a padded chamber instead of a bustling school, and it looks like it came from some alternate world, one that basks in the eternal sunshine of the spotless skin.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    If you aren't between the ages of six and 14 or don't have kids, you may have trouble getting into that Wildcat spirit. But don't be shocked if Senior Year takes you back, just a bit, and makes you wish every high school was a little like East High.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    It's a classic case of giving the people what they want.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Catherine Dawson March Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Disney raised the stakes by turning its hit TV-movie franchise into a feature film -- and the bet has paid off.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Since when shouldn't it be fun to spend 90 minutes or so watching good-looking young people, singing and dancing relatively well?
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Farber Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Even within the confines of G-rated fluff, it could have been a lot sassier.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    For those kids in the target audience, this is movie nirvana.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    25
    Efron and co-star Vanessa Hudgens have charm. But director Kenny Ortega buries them in formula dances, forgettable tunes and dialogue that makes Grease sound like Greek tragedy.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    The HSM series has always been playful and high-spirited, with a refreshing emphasis on collective action and the importance of group effort over the individual, and there's nothing in High School Musical 3: Senior Year to upset the formula.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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