This weekend, "Rock of Ages" hits the big screen. The musical tells the story of a boy and girl trying to make it big in Hollywood. So, who better to review a film about '80s hair-metal music than Poison frontman Bret Michaels?
In a video for NextMovie, Michaels gave the film nothing but praise:
"I'm going to have to give this an 11. We're out of the park," said the singer, in a nod to the classic amp scene from rock-umentary "This is Spinal Tap."
Michaels went on to compliment "the beautiful" Julianne Hough (who plays Sherrie Christian), the cast's chemistry and the movie's soundtrack (which features several Poison songs, including "Nothing But a Good Time" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"). Bret was also very excited about the "great bands of the '80s genre that are still out there -- Def Leppard, Poison, Journey -- selling out arenas. The music has withstood the test of time."
And if Michaels had to give a rose or a thorn to Tom Cruise, for his portrayal of rock-star, Stacee Jaxx, what would it be?
"He would get a bouquet of roses. He nailed it."
See if Bret Michaels has a second career as a movie reviewer by checking out "Rock of Ages," in theaters this Friday.
Ty Burr (Boston Globe)
"Rock of Ages" is exuberant, silly, overlong, sexist; <a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2012/06/15/rock_of_ages_review_tom_cruise_takes_on_axl_rose/?rss_id=Boston.com+--+Movie+news" target="_hplink">it's clever in little matters and proudly dumb in the things that should count</a>.
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
The actors are having a lot of fun, <a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120613/REVIEWS/120619993" target="_hplink">and the production values of the musical numbers are slick and high-spirited</a>.
Andrew O'Hehir (Salon)
"Rock of Ages" is an effulgent celebration of fakeness. It isn't trying to be real; <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/06/13/rock_of_ages_the_joys_of_total_fakeness/" target="_hplink">it's trying to be faker than any fake thing has ever been before</a>.
Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly)
Most of the numbers in Rock of Ages are flatly shot and choreographed, and they look as if they'd been edited together with a meat cleaver. With rare exceptions, <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20587889,00.html" target="_hplink">they don't channel the excitement of the music - they stultify it</a>.
Nathan Rabin (AV Club)
A shameless crowd-pleaser where cardboard characters use the most overplayed and <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/rock-of-ages,81230/" target="_hplink">ubiquitous hits of the 1980s to express the aching banality of their souls</a>.
Guy Lodge (Time Out)
As with Shankman's knowingly naff 'Hairspray', <a href="http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/91639/rock_of_ages.html" target="_hplink">the sheer performance gusto on display proves thoroughly winning</a>.
Olly Richards (Empire Magazine)
Like every one of its songs, it makes a lot of noise about nothing much and cockily straddles awfulness and greatness. <a href="http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/ReviewComplete.asp?FID=135940" target="_hplink">It's enormously entertaining nonsense</a>.
Nick Schager (Slant Magazine)
If the Adam Shankman film's debasement of its subject into campy kitsch is the unavoidable fate of all culturally dangerous art, <a href="http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/rock-of-ages/6344" target="_hplink">that doesn't make it any less palatable</a>.
Justin Chang (Variety)
Given the proliferation of high-school musicals and American idols on TV, <a href="http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947727?refcatid=31" target="_hplink">the spectacle of aspiring young singers belting out an umpteenth cover of Journey offers little in the way of novelty value</a>.
David Rooney (Hollywood Reporter)
[Shankman] succeeds in draining most of the fun from a vehicle <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/rock-ages-review-tom-cruise-335511" target="_hplink">that was all about the winking humor of its flagrant cheesiness</a>.