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Bomb the System Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The story is so loosely developed and devoid of suspense, it barely seems to exist.
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
August 26, 2005
I came out of this wishing the paint can crowd would settle for tattoos.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 26, 2005
Visually dazzling and dramatically trite -- it's virtuoso piffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 24, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 23, 2005
The film half-heartedly paints their actions as rebel-chic heroism even when it has all the integrity of tomcats spraying outside their yards...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 17, 2005
Notable mainly for its hallucinatory, tripped visuals, which go a long way toward compensating for a less-than-riveting narrative.
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David Rooney
Variety
June 2, 2005
A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
June 2, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 27, 2005
Preachy and single-minded, populated by a world of sympathetic heroes and hissable villains.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
May 27, 2005
A flashy but numbingly hollow compendium of Trainspotting-inspired visual gimmicks, Lough's tale of New York City 'bombers' is formulaic in the extreme.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 27, 2005
A mild, slow-moving drama that belatedly tries to argue that graffiti writers are political artists, not an urban blight.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
May 27, 2005
This fictional take on the subject mostly avoids bombing in the bad-movie sense, but could stand to calm down a little.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2005
Lough's impressive, if uneven, debut feature captures the adrenaline rush and contradictory nature of the simultaneously creative and criminal activity but stumbles in its attempt to justify it as an art form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 26, 2005
Adam Bhala Lough's hot little melodrama rhapsodizes the lives of contemporary graffiti artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 26, 2005
Lough references Basquiat, without naming him, but in the end can't quite hijack the late artist's cred for his own hit-and-run movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 26, 2005
Well acted and ably directed, if not very probing about its subject of underclass youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
May 26, 2005
Lough doesn't bomb the system; he sucks it off.
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Peter L'Official
Village Voice
May 24, 2005
A needlessly circuitous plot twist leaves a bitter taste, but not before the film's scruffy charm does its work.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 15, 2005
The film's nostalgic fondness for '80s hip-hop/street culture is at odds with the story's supposed contemporary setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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