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High School Musical 3: Senior Year Review Critics


Dave White Profile

...nothing much to offer. Read full review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

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

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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 with electrifying pizzazz.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Predictable but enjoyable musical is fine for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the first big-screen High School Musical movie has been feverishly anticipated by the series' tween and teen fans. And they won't be disappointed. It's sweet, age-appropriate fun with very little edge (save for a few scenes featuring a nearly too-vampy Sharpay). There's no swearing, violence, drinking, or smoking, and the teen sweethearts don't do more than hold hands and kiss. Although it presents a "Disneyfied" view of teen life, the movie's overall message is positive and affirming (and the music is really catchy!).

  • Families can talk about what makes high school graduation such an important rite of passage.
  • How are each of the characters approaching the end of an era?
  • What do you think of Troy's decision in the end? How have he and the other characters changed over the course of the three movies?
  • Families can also discuss how realistic the movie is when it comes to presenting teen life. Kids: Does the movie at all reflect your own experiences? How is it similar? Different?
  • Do you think people generally get an accurate or inaccurate view of teen life from the media?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages:  Friendships rule, as do big hopes for the future (educational and otherwise), and all's well that ends well.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: High school sweethearts are kind and supportive of each other, managing to communicate well even about difficult issues. A teenage girl deliberately hogs the spotlight and connives to be center stage.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: A father-son argument reaches near-yelling levels.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Mild flirting, lots of handholding, and one sweet kiss. A fair number of scenes with shirtless high school boys.

  • language false1

    Language: "Butt" is about as salty as it gets.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: The film is part of Disney's enormous High School Musical franchise, which means that though there aren't many mentions of other products in the movie, the HSM brand is front and center.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue