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Bomb the System (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 15

Given the movie's premise, one would assume it's gritty and street-smart, but in reality it's a slave to stale cliches and formula.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

Given the movie's premise, one would assume it's gritty and street-smart, but in reality it's a slave to stale cliches and formula.

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A young man with a troubled past expresses himself through street art in this independent drama. Anthony (Mark Webber) is a 19-year-old kid living in New York City who was introduced to "bombing" -- graffiti art sprayed on public walls when the cops aren't looking -- by his older brother. When his brother died, Anthony took up bombing himself, and with the help of his pals Justin (Gano Grills) and Kevin (Jade Yorker) he does murals under the street name "Blest," while struggling to avoid the

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Adam Bhala Lough

Oct 11, 2005

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Visually dazzling and dramatically trite -- it's virtuoso piffle.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Thoroughly fails to convince that its handful of New York characters known as 'bombers,' graffiti mongers futilely yearning for immortality via nightly despoiling of public and private property, is of any tragic interest.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Notable mainly for its hallucinatory, tripped visuals, which go a long way toward compensating for a less-than-riveting narrative.

June 17, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists.

June 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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Preachy and single-minded, populated by a world of sympathetic heroes and hissable villains.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A mild, slow-moving drama that belatedly tries to argue that graffiti writers are political artists, not an urban blight.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The story is so loosely developed and devoid of suspense, it barely seems to exist.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I came out of this wishing the paint can crowd would settle for tattoos.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The film half-heartedly paints their actions as rebel-chic heroism even when it has all the integrity of tomcats spraying outside their yards...

June 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A didactic ode to a lifestyle that makes little sense, no matter the darkly romantic rebel-with-a-cause ideas associated with what is essentially an act of vandalism.

June 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

In the end it's all seductive surface and no substance, but Lough has a bold eye and a vivid sense of uniquely urban beauty.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A flashy but numbingly hollow compendium of Trainspotting-inspired visual gimmicks, Lough's tale of New York City 'bombers' is formulaic in the extreme.

May 27, 2005
Reel.com

This fictional take on the subject mostly avoids bombing in the bad-movie sense, but could stand to calm down a little.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Well acted and ably directed, if not very probing about its subject of underclass youth.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The film's nostalgic fondness for '80s hip-hop/street culture is at odds with the story's supposed contemporary setting.

May 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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