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Pump Up the Volume Reviews

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Jason Bailey
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.
Emanuel Levy
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-
Brian Orndorf
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
Clint Morris
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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Time Out
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.
Lloyd Bradley
Empire Magazine
November 3, 2005
Fast paced with a satisfyingly unhappy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
September 21, 2004
A teen anthem and guilty pleasure.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
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
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
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.
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Powerful teen rebellion movie
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 12, 2003
Entertaining teen rebellion story
| Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
November 11, 2002
A surprisingly solid celebration of teen angst and rebellion. Soundtrack was quite choice, as well.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Pump Up the Volume is one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The only real reason to see this film is Slater's knockout performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Michael Szymanski
May 20, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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