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Louder Than A Bomb is a different kind of high-school movie, brimming with life and hope instead of social-climbing, bullying, and furtive first kisses. Read full review
Think of it as "Glee" without music. Without a net, too. Read full review
Siskel and Jacobs focus on the performances, which are inspiring and electrifying. Read full review
Arguably the best creative decision Jacobs and Siskel make in the film is choosing their talented subjects. Read full review
There can never be too many stories of human grace and perseverance like those of Nova, or Nate, or Adam, all teens who've been encouraged to channel their resentments and desires into art.
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The movie floats to another realm entirely when the cameras go into the home of Nova Venerable, a smart, eloquent, gorgeous girl whose love for her special-needs younger brother and their hardworking single mom is expressed in terms that sidestep the formulaic verbal and physical bombast of so many of her peers. Read full review
The poetry has more in common with rap lyrics than Baudelaire, but that just increases the fun.
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The real value of poetry - of the contest itself - is not revealed until the closing credits, when we see the impressive list of colleges that the movie's four subjects have gone on to. Read full review
The kids pick up the filmmakers' lyrical slack more often than not, but this ode to the power of verse could really use a redraft. Read full review
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. Read full review
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