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Bomb It (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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Filmmaker Jonathan Reiss offers a multilingual look at the evolution of graffiti in a documentary that begins by examining ancient rock paintings and traces the trend straight through to the works of Picasso and 1970s-era New York City hip-hop culture. Shot on five continents using guerilla filmmaking techniques, Bomb It aims to give viewers a newfound appreciation of graffiti culture by exploring the origins of street art and interviewing the artists about their tactics and motivations. ~ Jason

May 27, 2008

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (2) | DVD (3)

A remarkably compact and engaging overview of the history and ideology of this urban outlaw art form.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Genuinely global, multicultural, and multilingual in its urban perspectives.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Jon Reiss' high-energy doc hops all across the globe in order to paint the fullest portrait of the most modern art.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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What distinguishes Jon Reiss's lively, sure-handed film from the rest is that it widens the spectrum by taking a comprehensively international viewpoint.

April 25, 2008
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The subject is never less than fascinating, though the film's repetitive format and reiteration of the same points ad infinitum will wear you down before the paint can dry.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Bomb It's uncritical survey of world graffiti culture nods to history and cave art, then basically repeats itself.

April 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Their increasingly colorful, elaborate and large signatures sparked heated debate: Was graffiti an emerging art, a legitimate form of social criticism or vandalism pure and simple?

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A colorful examination of property and public space, the rebellion of self-expression and an art form that's as controversial in art galleries as it is on the streets.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Jon Reiss' globetrotting documentary may not move people to hug their local graffiti tagger, but it at least gives context to a practice that many urbanites view as mindless vandalism.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Bomb It offers a new way of looking at the world's cities, courtesy of the art world's fleeting phantoms, who often have to choose between buying food or a can of spray paint.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Bomb It! is a brisk and bracing portrait of the state of the art. Of course, the fact that the art is often a crime comes up ...

February 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Bomb It lays out the history of graffiti art better than any other work that we can remember, and at the core of the film is a poignant social statement.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Audience Reviews for Bomb It

Documentary about graffiti artists and their motivation, why they do what they do. Rather than just show New York, this one goes across the world, covering different pieces and different artists in Toykyo, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Hamburg, London and shows how the different cultures and different cities influence their work.. Fascinating, entertaining and reasonably even handed view of the origins, development and politics of graffiti, and some beautiful art too, though I guess that depends on your personal view - is it artistic expression or unfettered vandallism? Included are some telling shots of giant billboards to make you ponder over the acceptability of mass corporate advertising in cities, when throwing up a colourful tag can get you arrested.
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