• Released
  • October 24, 2008
  • G , 1 hr 52 min
  • Family
    Music/Performing Arts
  • 10,919 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) plan an elaborate spring musical.

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75

Chicago Tribune

What it lacks in narrative ambition, it makes up for in dazzling choreography.
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75

TV Guide

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It's a well-produced yearbook that will one day bring back sweet memories for the cast and fans, but probably won't be of interest to...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For the most part, the film's musical numbers are dynamic, propelling the story forward. The same cannot be said about Peter Barsocchini's...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
These are standard youth-movie dilemmas, but they're brought to life by the high-energy cast and the musical numbers, which Ortega shoots...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Even if the refreshing gust doesn't stay with you long, it's fun while it lasts.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's hard to complain about a pop culture phenomenon built on unabashed innocence. And anyway, we might as well get used to it: Neither the...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Unfortunately, the writing has become so bad that it becomes impossible to keep your head in the game - even as your toes continue to tap...
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
For all its unforgivable blandness, "High School Musical" opens young audiences to the charms of this most transporting of movie genres.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

The result unfortunately has the blandness of a mediocre TV sitcom.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If you're gay and/or eight years old, HSM3 is the movie event of the year.
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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Predictable but enjoyable musical is fine for tweens.
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