Movie Review: Rock of Ages

Marred by Adam Shankman’s uninspired direction (Hairspray fit more like a comfy housecoat) and mainly lifeless performances, Rock of Ages (C-) is a tedious karaoke with the stars. It’s a musical with poorly performed ’80s songs and choreography, and only about five jokes actually land. Tom Cruise is pretty good as Lestat, except that’s not who he’s supposed to be playing. The young leads are lost in the tacky bombast.

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

Posted in 2012

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