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Chicago Reader
Unlike the many youth movies that can't overcome their makers' hindsight, this one may actually put you in an adolescent frame of mind.
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.
Village Voice
There's an awful lot of rocking out going on in Detroit Rock City, but then rocking out is this occasionally clever but lifeless movie's reason for being.
Washington Post
Well, it could have been good. But this goofy homage to Kiss fans gets dry mouth pretty fast.
Film Threat
If you love KISS, you'll probably see this movie anyway. If you don't, there's no point.
Chicago Tribune
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.
The cast never has much chance to shine. And the main attraction is kept all too understandably under wraps.
This aggressively stupid film is merely business as usual, a compendium of all the current obsessions and fixations that make so many of these films such unhappy experiences.
New Times (L.A.)
A turgid, unfunny, out-of-time rockspolitation movie.
The A.V. Club
Such a stupid, painfully obvious, gratingly unfunny dud that it's unlikely to please even the most gullible and easy-to-please members of the Kiss army.

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