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Louder Than A Bomb (2011)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 0

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Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the


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Mar 20, 2012

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"Louder Than a Bomb" has a lot in common with such documentaries as "Spellbound" and "Mad Hot Ballroom": charismatic, if obsessed, kids and nail-biting suspense.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Think of it as "Glee'' without music. Without a net, too.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Having a bad day? Then get yourself to Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's life-affirming documentary, immediately.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
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The sheer breadth of talent is so astonishing, and the rhymes so clearly from the heart, that our spirits are inevitably lifted.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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Who says poetry has to be dull?

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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The efforts to document the teams' creative processes aren't particularly successful - no camera can capture something that elusive - but the filmmakers do a fine job with the back stories of the featured poets.

May 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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LOUDER THAN A BOMB is an explosive look at capturing your dreams.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
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Poetry-as-savior may be eye-rolling. Their talent, however, is not.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

The kids whom Jacobs and Siskel have chosen for us to watch are so enthralling, with such remarkable life stories, that their autobiographical poems have actual power.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

An emotionally-evocative poetry slam blasting the King's English to smithereens leaving Ebonics as the last language standing!

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comment (1)

It should hit home with anyone whose experience of adolescence involved creativity, intellectual exploration, and getting to know and love people outside their immediate social circles.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comment (1)
AV Club

It's about changing young lives, on giving them a taste for learning and a facility with language. In this post-literate era, how can you not cheer something like that?

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine | Comment (1)
Hollywood & Fine

You can't help being uplifted by kids, trying to honestly express themselves through this unique medium.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: NY1-TV | Comment (1)

Teen doggerel is celebrated in this documentary about a Chicago poetry slam in which competition runs as high as on any basketball court.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

[M]ore focus on showy slam than ...writing poetry. How the best performers-and the best young poets-dig down deep and polish their work, finally makes this a satisfying film.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

These kids are brilliant, charming wordsmiths.

May 17, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The filmmakers showcase an art form diverse enough to include a panoply of styles and methods.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

A documentary about the competition between inner city and suburban high school poetry teams to win Chicago's 'Louder Than A Bomb' teen poetry rave. The teens hone their rhyming skills and styles until they're nothing less than terrific.

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

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    1. The Steinmenauts: The point is not the point. The point is the poetry. But it's also bigger than that.
    – Submitted by Adrian A (2 years ago)
    1. Coaches: Sucker.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Coaches: This kid could do great things.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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