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To Be Heard (2011)

To Be Heard

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 41

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Movie Info

To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins when they start to write poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, we watch these three youngsters emerge as accomplished self-aware artists, who use their creativity to alter their circumstances. -- (C) Official Site

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Documentary
Directed By:
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Independent Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for To Be Heard

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

The riveting vérité documentary "To Be Heard" tracks three young friends in a Bronx high school whose lives are altered through a poetry workshop bent on teaching the power of self-expression.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This brisk but full documentary about students at a Bronx high school taking a class that promotes literacy and poetry slams is, like its subjects, multifaceted, sometimes sad but ultimately inspiring.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Spanning four years, To Be Heard has a large enough scope to map its subjects' rocky road to reinvention, concentrating on various bumps along the way.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
Time Out New York
Top Critic

However uplifting, To Be Heard, shot over the course of several years, takes a surprisingly unflinching look at the home lives of the three high schoolers.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Check your cynicism at the ticket booth. "To Be Heard" is one of the best documentaries of the year.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

It's impossible to watch Anthony, so bright and spirited, without raging against the forces that hold him back. And, singular as he is, he is also all too representative of an entire generation of kids in similar straits.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Well-produced with nice camera work and great sound, To Be Heard is wisely allowed to unfold on its on terms, loosely structured around poetry slams, escalating personal dramas and time between students and teachers.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Paste Magazine

This documentary about self-empowerment through a poetry-writing program in a rough South Bronx high school pulls us into the lives and struggles of three students who see the program as their only way up and out of a dreary life. They may be right.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
Film Journal International

Puts the hard work of teachers and their students into a realistic context and balanced perspective about the impact of the arts on teenagers' lives.

Full Review… | October 29, 2011
Film-Forward.com

Because of Anthony's constant erratic behavior, To Be Heard is often held hostage by his flaky antics and aggressive behavior.

Full Review… | October 10, 2011
Slant Magazine

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