• Released
  • August 14, 2009
  • PG , 1 hr 51 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 264 Fan Ratings
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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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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