Bandslam Synopsis
A gifted singer-songwriter (Alyson Michalka) hires the new guy (Gaelan Connell) in town to help her fledgling rock band win an upcoming musical contest.
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80

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...
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75

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."
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75

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...
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75

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.
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75

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.
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75

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...
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70

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.
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67

NPR

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Bandslam works best when it's focused on young, adorably neurotic creative types putting on a show.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Fairly entertaining, if hardly surprising, results.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

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The least offensive teen movie in ages.
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BANDSLAM - ROCKED ME!!! Rating: 80 out of 100. (Based on advance VIP press preview)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
BANDSLAM has a charming story-line. This PG-13 rated 1hr 51min movie by director Todd Graff showcased the budding musical and acting talents of Alyson Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelen Connell, and...

Went to an advance screening...

By TxDreamer
Wow, I was surprisingly entertained. I wrote this off as another fluffy teen movie, but it was quite witty and warm. It's definitely worth the 2 hours of your time....

BANDSLAM = GRANDSLAM

By waco51
We all know what Vanessa Hudgens, Ali Michalka (Phil of the Future), and Lisa Kudrow (Friends) are like...right? Pretty, can sing (1st two), can play ditsy blonds (last two). Well, I wasn't prepared...

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By prinzandprinces
I took my 9 year old daughter to see this movie. I was a little hesitant going, but I am so glad we saw it. The movie gave us some great laughs and kept both of us fully entertained. The music was...

Great! Band Slam

By Philly Fan
I was actually pleasantly surprised. I took my 10 & 11 year old thinking I would be bored out of my gourd, however, the music was great, it was funny and well done. I think I actually embarrassed...

Band Slam

By x0blondie230x
The movie looks bad and the actors and actresses aren't that great at acting. So the only way they can possibly get people to waste there money is by putting a New Moon preview. This movie is not...

!!!!!!!!!!A New Moon Sneak Peak!!!!!!!!!!YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

By Mrs_Taylor_Lautner
i honestly dont care much for this movie but since its gonna have a sneak peak of new moon this is now a nececity ofor TwiHard Twilighters like me to see so... i NEED TO GOOOOOOOO! D :D :D :D :YAY!!!!...

Finally - A movie the whole family can see

By Family Man Dan
This movie was GREAT. My wife and I hadn't heard much about this movie so we looked it up on Focus on the Family's movie review page. They said it could be one of this years Sleeper Hits. They...

Laugh Out Loud Funny!

By Movie_Freak94
I absolutely loved it! When Will knocks off Sa5m's hat and everything he does after that, i laughed so hard, i cried! Every cast member that plays an instrument in the movie actually plays that...

BandSlam is a great movie.

By Bailey13
I'm glad I ignored the negative comments about this movie and went to see it. Overall, I thought it was great. At the end of the movie, everyone in the theater clapped....

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Rated PG | For thematic elements and mild language.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Music-driven teen flick is feel-good fun for parents, too.
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