Conclusion: One of the biggest things Rock of Ages has going for it is the current dearth of movie musicals. There are just too few entries to the genre for fans of it not to notice and care about a film like this.
Conclusion: Other than Tom Cruise's electric performance, 'Rock of Ages' is a lifeless, listless, rudderless production. The all-star cast and slick production can't overcome the laughably bad script and Shankman's meandering direction.
Excerpt: I�ve got to admit, I am a sucker for the 80�s. Everything about it; the shows, the food, the movies, and the music. Nothing was better than driving along in a car, with Whitesnake, Bon Jovi or a full pelt power ballad at full blast, despite the looks of disdain and laughter from the kids of the...
Excerpt: Rock of Ages , the new musical from director Adam Shankman, is overdone and chock full of dumb, but if approached with the proper mindset it could end up being one of the better surprises of the summer.
Excerpt: The primary problem with Rock of Ages , the guiding principle that defines not only its failure but its very existence, is that it is an artifact of pure nostalgia--that is, affection for the past, with no regard whatsoever for the actual quality of what's being invoked.
Excerpt: Hair metal essentially functions as glam rock’s lobotomized, skirt-chasing meathead younger brother. This disreputable musical bastard child stole glam’s look and brazen attitude, but drained it of ideas, smarts, and sexual and moral ambiguity.