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High School Musical (2006)




Critic 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.

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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 (20) | Top Critics (4)

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.

September 10, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

September 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.

September 9, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

As a marketing phenomenon, this has exceeded all expectations for a TV movie. However as cinema... maybe you just really need to be a teen to get it.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If a pre-teen in your life hasn't seen this coming-of-age classic, it's time to sit down and educate them.

August 10, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

September 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for High School Musical


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 Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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"Kids today don't know nuthin' bout entertainment! Back in my day we had quality, like Grease and Saturday Night Fever, wit' songs dat meant somethin' and good dancin' too ... dey don't make 'em like dat ennymore! Sniff!" But wait, they do, they do, or at least they did. Grease, again, with hair gel ... instead of Pomade.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The soundtrack is enjoyable and is an entertaining movie to a point, however if this is supposed to be the best of teen movies then thats very sad! Its an average movie with average acting, yes the singing is good but you shouldnt have high expectations for this movie!

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