School of Rock

School of Rock

School of Rock

Jack Black leads this family comedy as a ditched member of a band who worms his way into becoming a substitute teacher for a private school where he teaches the kids the only thing he knows - rock music. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater (Boyhood).

2003Rating: PG, Low level offensive language108 minsUSA
ComedyKids & FamilyMusic
Director:
Richard Linklater ('Boyhood', 'Dazed and Confused', 'Before Sunrise', 'Before Sunset')
Writer:
Mike White
Cast:
Jack BlackMike WhiteJoan CusackAdam PascalSarah SilvermanMiranda Cosgrove

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Reviews & comments

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

"School of Rock" is as serious as it can be about its comic subject, and never condescends to its characters or its audience.

Variety

Variety

press

The whole show is basically Black’s, and while he has done variations on this ranting, cartoon-rawk chubster before, “School of Rock” is ideally suited to harness his shtick as its engine. He really can riff and shriek like every bedroom Led Zep fantasist dreams of doing.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This is pretty tame stuff for a wild man like Black, not to mention screenwriter Mike White and indie director Richard Linklater — kid-friendly crowd pleasers are hardly their meat. But even education can't kill the demon of fun in Black. Enroll in his class and you won't stop laughing.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

'School of Rock'' is really a comic postscript to the rock revolution. A 21st-century ''Rock Around the Clock,'' it longs for the combative spirit of those good old days before Beethoven decided to roll over and tell Tchaikovsky the news.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Linklater and White showcase Black's sarcastic humor and musical talent in equal parts (the actor has his own band, Tenacious D), and those who find his crass comedy painful in large doses should be warned that he's in nearly every scene.

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

"School of Rock" is as serious as it can be about its comic subject, and never condescends to its characters or its audience.

Variety

Variety

press

The whole show is basically Black’s, and while he has done variations on this ranting, cartoon-rawk chubster before, “School of Rock” is ideally suited to harness his shtick as its engine. He really can riff and shriek like every bedroom Led Zep fantasist dreams of doing.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This is pretty tame stuff for a wild man like Black, not to mention screenwriter Mike White and indie director Richard Linklater — kid-friendly crowd pleasers are hardly their meat. But even education can't kill the demon of fun in Black. Enroll in his class and you won't stop laughing.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

'School of Rock'' is really a comic postscript to the rock revolution. A 21st-century ''Rock Around the Clock,'' it longs for the combative spirit of those good old days before Beethoven decided to roll over and tell Tchaikovsky the news.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Linklater and White showcase Black's sarcastic humor and musical talent in equal parts (the actor has his own band, Tenacious D), and those who find his crass comedy painful in large doses should be warned that he's in nearly every scene.

3.0

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