I can’t deny how much I was entertained by the laughs, intentionally generated or otherwise.
In theaters: Friday, 15 June 2012
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Cast: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Will Forte, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman
Mariasaid on Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:08:03 AMI put off watching this cheese fest for 2 years. Then I saw if for the millionth time at the library.
I was in college in '87. Though I was more into the bohemian artist Grateful Dead scene and spurned much of the 80's glam rock phenomena, I've got to admit that yes, I know the words to most of the songs in Rock of Ages, and that I had a ridiculously fun and camp-filled two hours singing out loud with this kind of embarrassing movie. Maverick as a Rock Star. Allowing myself to love this piece of crap movie was one of the most indulgent and ridiculous things I've done. It was truly terrible in so many ways, and I loved in despite all this.
If Journey is on the radio in my car I always turn the channel. Journey not cool. Yet I belted out "Don't Stop..." I was powerless to stop myself.
Dirksaid on Sunday, December 02, 2012 1:36:09 AMerr, Linda, you lost all credibility when you boasted that you were a film major. I couldn't sit through this movie it was so bad. That was mainly because the protagonists were so generic and boring. From what I saw, Cruise and Baldwin did well with what they were given but when the leads get so much time, the "real" cast just can't make up for it. I agree with Roeper, closer to an F. Definitely an F for whoever cast the "leads".
Kevin Klawittersaid on Friday, June 29, 2012 10:03:57 PMHere's my review. I say if you're willing to forgive the fact that the movie is basically one giant clichefest, it's easy to have as much fun as the actors are clearly having.
kensey barlowsaid on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:05:14 AMI can always tell within the first five minutes if a movie will be good or not. I recently walked out of for.greater glory which was horrible ten minutes in. Rock of ages nearly pushed me out the moment the first song was performed. Then I realized.. i came for Tom cruise. The singing and performances were better than what I can provide but no where near amazing. The producers should have took a hint from across the universe and west side story in making a great musical, but this film is what it is. Campy, in your face, and loud rock and roll. Richard, I can't see why you didn't appreciate tom's performance as stacee jaxx. He made the film. Every moment on screen was a laugh. Alex Baldwin and Russel brand brought me in as the film made it through its half way Mark with use of comical flashbacks and their surprisingly uncovered love story. Definitely not my favorite movie, it is no inception, but cruise brings all you could ask for.
lindasaid on Monday, June 18, 2012 1:53:11 PMRichard.... you are crazy! I am a film major and this film was brilliant! hey guess what????? It was meant to be campy!!!! The singers were NOT supposed to be as good as the original artists!!!
Oh.... it's exhausting schooling you critics.... it's like we need to sit you down before the screening and say.... "ok...we made a funny campy film poking jokes at the 80's rockers... there will be singing and choreography that is meant to make you smile and laugh and sing along. NOT wonder why they aren't up for a Tony award!!"
jeez...so stupid! and TOM CRUISE WAS BRILLIANT!!!!!
Reply from Richard Roeper Linda:
Very, very funny parody.
Oh wait. You weren't serious, were you?
romansaid on Sunday, June 17, 2012 12:02:16 AMI went to see the movie and as soon as the first song (bus scene) came on, my anticipation for a great rock movie was imediately deflated. I hated Mama Mia.
And I hated the 20 minutes of this movie I struggled to sit through hoping it would get better. It didn't get better. Waste of time for a fan of the bands this musical emasculated.
Jakesaid on Saturday, June 16, 2012 5:21:46 PMYour buddy Roger Ebert liked the movie. What you thought of his review?
Larry Lachmannsaid on Saturday, June 16, 2012 7:30:57 AMSeems a little like Mama Mia.. but with Hairspray... (oops)