...has enough energy to keep you suitably entertained, as well as a knowing, cheeky streak that prevents it from turning too reverent and self-serious.
—Christy Lemire Associated Press
The hugely enjoyable Rock of Ages is saved by its music... No wonder [it's] known on Broadway as "Mamma Mia! for metalheads."
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
The one unerring note is Jaxx, a megalomaniac clearly based on Axl Rose. As he's repeatedly proven, no one captures unadulterated id better than Cruise.
—Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News
Hough and Boneta, for all the enthusiasm they bring to their characters, just aren't all that interesting... Rock music's liberating spirit is supposed to be at the center of the movie, but the characters on its edges are the only one who embody it.
—Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic
But seriously, Brother Shankman, what's the point of making "I Love Rock 'n' Roll: The Musical," if you don’t?
—Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
A clunky karaoke/music video amalgamation that aims for camp, but comes off as cheesy.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
A musical that makes Footloose seem like The Marriage of Figaro.
—Richard Roeper ReelzChannel
The Poison hit featured on the soundtrack promises "Nothin' but a Good Time." If only.
—David Rooney Hollywood Reporter
It's not every day, after all, that you get to see...rock music and Tin Pan Alley musical theater so thoroughly, mutually degraded... Deserves a deep, dank unmarked grave.
—Nick Pinkerton Village Voice
If you remember the days of wine coolers and leg warmers with a nostalgia that borders on the Proustian...be forewarned my fellow kitsch mavens: Adam Shankman's grody adaptation of the campy 2006 musical will not rock you like a hurricane.
—Karen D'Souza San Jose Mercury News