August 30th, 2015

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#WAYF Reviews

Positive End of Spectrum

THR
That brings us to Efron, who has overcome distractingly dreamy looks and that sticky High School Musical stigma to become a credible leading man — with none of the convulsive Method fussiness of some of his peers — and an asset to most of his projects (from auteur-driven works like Richard Linkater’s Me and Orson Welles, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and Rahmin Bahrani’s At Any Price to mainstream fare like Hairspray and Neighbors). Efron moves and speaks with the easy grace of the beautiful, but there’s a naturalness, a lack of vanity or self-consciousness, to his acting. In We Are Your Friends, he underplays to perfection, putting us on Cole's side without pandering.

Variety
Still, there’s no denying that the star’s hard-to-resist appeal will draw mainstream eyes and ears to a picture that would rather spin an accessible underdog yarn than tap into the more resonant specifics of its milieu.

Still, it’s hard to scoff too long or too hard at Efron, an infernally watchable screen presence who has never needed a drum machine to make your heart throb, and whose effortless eye-candy presence here has just the right level of dramatic reverb. He and Bentley achieve a believable rapport — by turns realistically tetchy and mutually protective — and you long for their characters to veer away from the conventional trappings of rivalry and conflict, and instead to find a tougher, less tidy emotional core.

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