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Rated PG-13 · 123 minutes · 2012

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The hit Broadway play featuring ’80s hair rock comes to the big screen courtesy of director Adam Shankman (Hairspray), and the results are a mixed bag. Tom Cruise is amazing as jaded rock-star Stacee Jaxx, a role that affords Cruise the opportunity to sing—and sing well. He belts out songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Wanted Dead or Alive” with such authority, it’s a wonder we haven’t heard this guy singing sooner. Julianne Hough is so-so in the typical girl-moves-to-big-city-to-make-it-big role. The other members of the cast, including Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones, all have fun singing crap songs. The movie is overlong, and not too bright, yet it’s enjoyable whenever Cruise takes over.


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Official Site: rockofagesmovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Adam Shankman
Producer: Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant, Jennifer Gibgot, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel Brown, Hillary Weaver, Janet Rich, Adam Shankman and Chris D'Arienzo
Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Will Forte, Erica Frene and Angelo Valderrama

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Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood Product: Rock of Ages This tribute to '80s rock is anything but a good time. by Edward Adams 06/14/2012
Boise Weekly Rock Of Ages Rocks Morrison Center Featuring songs from Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar and 25 other acts, Rock of Ages rewinds to 1987, when the stilettos were high and the hair was higher. by Trevor Villagrana 01/09/2013
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Colorado Springs Independent Blast from the past: Rock of Ages What would Rock of Ages do with the fist-pumping, lighter-waving glory days of "hair metal" and power ballads? by Scott Renshaw 06/13/2012
Portland Mercury Glee—with More Hair! Rock of Ages: not the good kind of stupid. by Wm. Steven Humphrey 06/14/2012
Creative Loafing Charlotte Rock of Ages frequently tone-deaf Rating: ** by Matt Brunson 06/22/2012
Charleston City Paper Rock of Ages is a predictable ’80s-fueled musical Hitting the screen by way of a team of scriptwriters that includes the original stage production's Chris D'Arienzo, Rock of Ages presents a fairy-tale version of Los Angeles' heavy metal scene circa 1987. by Isaac Weeks 06/13/2012
The Coast Halifax Rock of Ages Hair metal musical could stand to sink a little lower by Jacob Boon 06/14/2012
Indy Week Rock of Ages is good only for the nostalgia While the soundtrack may have your toes tapping, director Adam Shankman's staging is slapdash and silly, as if he was assembling a hair band-themed amusement park ride. by Neil Morris 06/13/2012

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