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To Be Heard Reviews

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David Greenberg
Paste Magazine
September 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 8.1/10
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
January 6, 2012
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.
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Mindy Farabee
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Nora Lee Mandel
October 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Sam Adams
Time Out
October 11, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
October 11, 2011
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.
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Paul Brunick
New York Times
October 11, 2011
Check your cynicism at the ticket booth. "To Be Heard" is one of the best documentaries of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Christian Science Monitor
October 8, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2011
Because of Anthony's constant erratic behavior, To Be Heard is often held hostage by his flaky antics and aggressive behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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