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Detroit Rock City Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's an utterly fake nostalgia piece -- stupid and pandering, a bad-boy teen flick that plays less like a loving look at the late '70s than a terrible movie from the late '70s.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    A rock 'n' roll film should be funny-crazy -- not just a big, dumb promo for some over-the-hill dudes in makeup who are trying to sell today's kids on yesterday's glory by championing deliquency.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Detroit Rock City possesses three characteristics: an irreverent attitude, a high energy approach, and a loud soundtrack. While these qualities don't necessarily add up to a good movie, they keep the proceedings from becoming dull.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    It's crude, sexist, ear-splittingly loud and a helluva lotta fun for anyone suffering from past or present testosterone overload.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

A valentine to sex, drugs, and cutting school.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is something of a valentine to sex, drugs, and rock and roll, to say nothing of lying, cheating, stealing, destroying property, and cutting school. Much of the humor in the film will be lost on people who don't know every KISS lyric and remember the KISS comic with the band's blood mixed into the red ink.

  • Families can talk about one of the key cliches of the teen movie -- the character who has sex for the first time who becomes suddenly more mature, braver, wiser, and more powerful.

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main characters are sexist, but female characters are strong and smart.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some violence. Characters in peril, hold-up at gunpoint.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Typical for a teen comedy, the boys talk a lot about sex.

  • language false3

    Language: The usual words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug use, including marijuana and drinking that results in getting sick.