High School Musical

2006

High School Musical

Critics Consensus

High School Musical is brazenly saccharine, but it makes up for it with its memorable show tunes, eye-popping choreography, and appealing cast.

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The captain of the East High basketball team and the key member of the academic club shock the student body by teaming to audition for the upcoming school musical in a Disney Channel Original Movie that's all about being yourself and following your dreams. Troy (Zac Efron) is best known as the player who keeps the East High basketball team on the scoreboard. Of course, life isn't always about athletics, though, and as Troy slam-dunks on the boards, beautiful and brainy Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) is raising the reputation of East High as the key member of the school's successful academic team. Despite their outgoing natures, no one would ever peg Troy and Gabriella as theater types. When word gets out that this popular pair has secretly chosen to reach for the stars and try their luck on the stage, the students of East High are about to learn an important lesson in teamwork while gearing up for a musical performance that will have their audience dancing in the aisles.

Cast

Zac Efron
as Troy Bolton
Vanessa Hudgens
as Gabriella Montez
Ashley Tisdale
as Sharpay Evans
Lucas Grabeel
as Ryan Evans
Alyson Reed
as Ms. Darbus
Joey Miyashima
as Principal Matsui
Bart Johnson
as Jack Bolton
Olesya Rulin
as Kelsi Nielsen
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Critic Reviews for High School Musical

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (7)

  • Although the plot's not particularly novel, writer Peter Barsocchini's script maintains the fantasy elements while incorporating topical and relevant themes into the story.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…

    Laura Fries

    Variety
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  • It would be unfair not to salute the movie's message about broadening one's horizons and not being limited by stereotypes or peer pressure. But when an admirable message is packaged in such treacle, it just makes the message seem treacly, too.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Mostly, High School Musical makes an appealing case for an idealized vision of high school, where individuality is celebrated and even the mean kids know everyone's name.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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  • High School Musical is kitsch, sexless and hopelessly clichéd, but it manages to offer a giddy sense of fun to a generation that's overdosing on seriousness.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sure, it has its flaws... but the film skilfully crafts an exuberant uplifting climax that results in a warm smile-inducing feeling that remains after the credits have rolled, and sometimes that's all a film needs to do.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • While [High School Musical] will inspire more than a few choice eye rolls from parents, its messages are far healthier for kids, particularly at the impressionable "tween" stage, than many of its competitors.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for High School Musical

  • Nov 24, 2012
    Corny, to be sure, High School Musical is most appealing to those below the age of 13, but even older viewers can appreciate the important message the film carries. Despite a few cringe-worthy moments, this made-for-tv phenomenon has relatively catchy and memorable songs and features charismatic, albeit exaggerated, performances.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    High School Musical is just not my thing, maybe it me but I didn't like the plot or acting, but I guess the songs were okay.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    High School Musical is just not my thing, maybe it me but I didn't like the plot or acting, but I guess the songs were okay.
    Jim C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2011
    Now that I think about it, it's not half bad. I don't like musical but some of the songs are catchy. Disney movie in general.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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