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May 27, 2016
As a movie, 'Pump Up the Volume' is a lot like a teenager: at times unbearably self-important and pretentious (Nora's poems, good lord), yet undeniably, and admirably, earnest.
January 8, 2012
Sharply uneven, this teen-angst feature begins exgremely well with some relevant social commentary; it also put on the map Christian Slater as a talent to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 30, 2010
Slater is Moyle's generator, powering the film through some sludgy melodramatics, and while his separation of Mark and Hard Harry is practically Kabuki theater, the effort is just wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 3, 2006
Much more than a teen movie....an experience, and one you'll never forget. TURN IT UP LOUD!
| Original Score: 4/5
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February 9, 2006
The perfectly cast Slater effectively propels the film, his intensity and dry delivery giving it a definite edge, as does a soundtrack which includes Ice T, Concrete Blonde and the Cowboy Junkies.
November 3, 2005
Fast paced with a satisfyingly unhappy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2004
A teen anthem and guilty pleasure.
| Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2004
Underrated.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2004
Few films understand the fantasies of the would-be outsider-turned-icon quite as well, while remaining in a realistic setting.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 30, 2003
Pump Up the Volume is the kind of movie that hits home. It touches on real emotions and is a reminder of just how darn awkward it is to be a young adult.
July 14, 2003
Powerful teen rebellion movie
| Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2003
Entertaining teen rebellion story
| Original Score: 3/5
November 11, 2002
A surprisingly solid celebration of teen angst and rebellion. Soundtrack was quite choice, as well.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2002
Pump Up the Volume is one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
It's a howl from the heart, a relentlessly involving movie that gives a kid every reason to believe that he or she can come of age.
January 1, 2000
Unlike most teen movies, it's honest in portraying teen years as less than idyllic.
Read More | Original Score: 72/100
January 1, 2000
Pump Up The Volume is well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
The only real reason to see this film is Slater's knockout performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 20, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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