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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    These aren't the marching band songs of your father's or mother's generation but a musical expression that is modern and exciting to watch. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    If it's conventional, it's also competent. Thanks to director Charles Stone III (of the famed "Whassuup?!" Budweiser spots), the clichés at least have a good beat. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The marching bands' duels are as fun as the cheerleader wars in "Bring It On." show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Bogged down by a lazy script and underwhelming performances. Fortunately, there's no hiding his jubilant passion for ritual and symmetry, which makes each perfectly choreographed band scene a genuine thrill to watch. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The final drum-off (c'mon, you knew it would come down to that) resembles a combination of music, gymnastics and martial arts, and I don't think I've seen a more pulse-pounding scene this year. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Entertaining for what it does, and admirable for what it doesn't do. It gets us involved in band politics and strategy, gives us a lot of entertaining halftime music, and provides a portrait of a gifted young man who slowly learns to discipline himself and think of others. That's what it does. What it doesn't do is recycle all the tired old cliches. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    That it's got a positive message may strike some as decidedly not "edgy" -- but they should be too busy stomping their feet to notice. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Everything in Drumline engages, from its likable cast to its breathtaking finale. Only the most jaded viewers won't be cheering by the end. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    It's a tribute to the sheer professionalism of this crossover charmer that it holds your interest for two solid hours. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    A bonanza of pop uplift. It wraps the up-from-nothing drama of ''Flashdance'' in the sassy, interracial pep rallying of ''Bring It On'' and the military romance of ''An Officer and a Gentleman.'' show more

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