100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This joyous farce is a big, big deal, and Jack Black is nothing less than majestic as a scruffy, irreverent rocker passing himself off as a pedagogue in a private school.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
First and foremost a very funny film, and a very pleasant one that doesn't really have a villain. Credit for its hilarity goes largely to Black, who gives the performance of his career as a character who might have seemed merely coarse and crude in less gifted hands.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

All Black, all the time, and could easily have been an exhausting mess. But the movie is coherent, hilarious and surprisingly sweet.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The School of Rock was made by gifted veterans of the American indie scene, but it's still the most unlikely great movie of the year.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
School of Rock may be to Black what "The Nutty Professor" was to Jerry Lewis, or "Groundhog Day" was to Bill Murray - that rare, perfectly tailored opportunity to play against one's broadest impulses. Not to neutralize them, necessarily, but to tame them and turn them into something very human and charming.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Utterly adorable.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It plays even more like a bent version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" for the new millennium. Slinging a line of bull but displaying genuine affection for the youngsters he's bamboozling.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film hits another comic mother lode in the byplay between Black and Cusack.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even education can't kill the demon of fun in Black. Enroll in his class and you won't stop laughing.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's one of the great have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too performances of the year.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.