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Metascore

Based on 18 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
While it's possible to have a great time with the movie without having any interest in Kiss, it should be noted that the band does make an appearance.
75
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Truly raunchy but it's more sweetly stupid and silly than anything.
70
TV Guide
A very sweet, very funny coming-of-age story, featuring Kiss as the Great White Whale of adolescence.
70
It's crude, sexist, ear-splittingly loud and a helluva lotta fun for anyone suffering from past or present testosterone overload.
63
ReelViews
Detroit Rock City possesses three characteristics: an irreverent attitude, a high energy approach, and a loud soundtrack. While these qualities don't necessarily add up to a good movie, they keep the proceedings from becoming dull.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The tuneful melodies of their favourite band grace the soundtrack, but let's not confuse this with a rock 'n' roll movie -- the music is just the blank canvas awaiting the higher art of the gross-out.
30
If you love KISS, you'll probably see this movie anyway. If you don't, there's no point.
30
Austin Chronicle
A mildly diverting comedy but has little of real substance to recommend it.
25
Entertainment Weekly
It's an utterly fake nostalgia piece -- stupid and pandering, a bad-boy teen flick that plays less like a loving look at the late '70s than a terrible movie from the late '70s.
25
A rock 'n' roll film should be funny-crazy -- not just a big, dumb promo for some over-the-hill dudes in makeup who are trying to sell today's kids on yesterday's glory by championing deliquency.

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