Jailhouse Rock premiered in Memphis, Tennessee, on October 17, 1957, and was released nationwide on November 8, 1957. It peaked at number three on the Variety box office chart, and reached number 14 in the year's box-office totals, grossing$4 million. The film initially earned mixed reviews, with most of the negative reception directed towards Presley's persona. In 2004, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, who deemed it "culturally,aesthetically or historically significant."
Jailhouse Rock earned mixed reviews from critics. It was looked upon as scandalous once it was released because it portrayed Vince Everett as an anti-heroic character, presented a convict as a hero, used the word "hell" as a profanity,and included a scene showing Presley in bed with co-star Tyler.
Jailhouse Rock is highly popular with Presley fans because it depicts him at a time in his career when his talent was still raw and untamed. The filmis considered to be one of Presley's better movies.