The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Had Cameron Crowe and the late John Hughes collaborated on a movie populated by Disney Channel superstars, the result might have looked and sounded a lot like Todd Graff's Bandslam. And that's meant as a compliment.
Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The late John Hughes would have liked Bandslam, an upbeat high school musical that plays like a garage-band cover of "The Breakfast Club."
Full Review

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Bandslam is “Camp’’ with rock ’n’ roll instead of show tunes, but its roots go back to the Busby Berkeley backstagers and Mickey-and-Judy let’s-put-on-a-show musicals of the 1930s.
Full Review

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Here’s the surprise: Bandslam may come from synthetic materials, but the characters are a little more complicated than usual.
Full Review

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This isn’t a breakthrough movie, but for what it is, it’s charming, and not any more innocuous than it has to be.
Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Misfit teens in the process of forming a high school band learn life lessons and raise their goblets of rock. But there's enough of a strong filmmaking backbeat in Bandslam to carry the movie's light tune.
Full Review

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Best of all is newcomer Connell, the kind of charismatic kid who would have been cast in "Freaks and Geeks" ten years ago.
Full Review


Bandslam works best when it's focused on young, adorably neurotic creative types putting on a show.
Full Review

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Fairly entertaining, if hardly surprising, results.
Full Review

San Francisco Chronicle

The least offensive teen movie in ages.
Full Review
66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.