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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
December 6, 2013
LOUDER THAN A BOMB is an explosive look at capturing your dreams.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
February 7, 2011
It's about, kind of, this community, and the way these groups come together.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 7, 2011
Siskel and Jacobs focus on the performances, which are inspiring and electrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 15, 2011
The filmmakers showcase an art form diverse enough to include a panoply of styles and methods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
May 18, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kam Williams
May 20, 2011
An emotionally-evocative poetry slam blasting the King's English to smithereens leaving Ebonics as the last language standing!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 10, 2011
Poetry-as-savior may be eye-rolling. Their talent, however, is not.
Jennifer Merin
April 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Pais
April 4, 2011
Seeing the kids achieve catharsis and really come alive on stage captures poetry's power to connect people, both to each other and to themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Koehler
April 4, 2011
Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's Louder Than a Bomb is an affecting and superbly paced celebration of American youth at their creative best.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 3, 2011
Think of it as "Glee'' without music. Without a net, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 18, 2011
The sheer breadth of talent is so astonishing, and the rhymes so clearly from the heart, that our spirits are inevitably lifted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Singer
May 17, 2011
These kids are brilliant, charming wordsmiths.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 18, 2011
Who says poetry has to be dull?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
June 2, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
May 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 5, 2011
"Louder Than a Bomb" is a good reminder that students need a variety of opportunities to excel.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 17, 2011
The movie floats to another realm entirely when the cameras go into the home of Nova Venerable.
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 18, 2011
Teen doggerel is celebrated in this documentary about a Chicago poetry slam in which competition runs as high as on any basketball court.
Neil Rosen
May 19, 2011
You can't help being uplifted by kids, trying to honestly express themselves through this unique medium.
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
May 21, 2011
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