'Rock of Ages' Critic Reviews

64%
MovieWeb:   7 reviews
41%
Rotten Tomatoes:   216 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Most of the numbers in Rock of Ages are flatly shot and choreographed, and they look as if they'd been edited together with a meat cleaver. With rare exceptions, they don't channel the excitement of the music - they stultify it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    It looks like Disneyland and sounds, well, like a bad Broadway musical, with all the power belting and jazz-hand choreography that implies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Doubtless, like The Producers, it will be adapted back into the theatre, some time in 2017, at which time it will be even more bland and tiring.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Don't stop believing. Just avoid cliched musicals that try to capture the anarchic spirit of rock with trite commercial re-treads.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    It's content to keep toes tapping, when it should be bringing the arena to its feet.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    "Rock of Ages" is exuberant, silly, overlong, sexist; it's clever in little matters and proudly dumb in the things that should count.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It's not every day, after all, that you get to see two great American traditions -- guitar/bass/drums rock music and Tin Pan Alley musical theater -- so thoroughly, mutually degraded.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    It's worth the novelty, but you may have a hard time looking at everyone involved the same way again.
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    What's not fine is the dead zone occupied by the monster of the piece, Tom Cruise's veteran rocker, Stacee Jaxx.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Pour some sugar on it, indeed.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    ...a cinematic endeavor that, for all intents and purposes, is asking the consumer to put down his or her money to watch movie stars do karaoke.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Rock of Ages is not a spoof, but it might as well be, given how little there is to root for.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The actors are having a lot of fun, and the production values of the musical numbers are slick and high-spirited.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    A few days after seeing a screening, I was driving by a billboard for the movie, and I thought, well, who knows? That might be fun. Then I realized I'd already seen it. And forgotten it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The thing runs more than two hours, but this is the sort of project that's indemnified against charges of excess.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours than with this odd assortment of courageous thespians bringin' on the heartbreak, and feelin' the noize.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A perfectly fine backward-looking, trivia-centered guilty pleasure.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    For the most part, rock and roll should feel insulted.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    To truly enjoy it, you must be willing to pretend that some of the songs from one of the worst periods of the rock era -- the late 1980s -- are inspirational anthems instead of commercial pabulum.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    0
    It's about as entertaining as an iron lung.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Given the proliferation of high-school musicals and American idols on TV, the spectacle of aspiring young singers belting out an umpteenth cover of Journey offers little in the way of novelty value.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    This plodding mess may help put to rest Hollywood's inexplicable two-decade love affair with the awful '80s, a pop- culture decade that's overdue for a break.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    How can you hate a film that promotes its guitar-pick-thin story with the surprisingly honest advertising tagline, "Nothin' But a Good Time"?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
    Cruise, as Stacee Jaxx, is the living embodiment of a rock god.
    Full Review » 2 years ago