Louder Than a Bomb Synopsis
Four high-school teams prepare for the world's largest youth poetry slam.
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The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Louder Than A Bomb is a different kind of high-school movie, brimming with life and hope instead of social-climbing, bullying, and furtive...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Think of it as "Glee" without music. Without a net, too.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Siskel and Jacobs focus on the performances, which are inspiring and electrifying.
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80

Boxoffice Magazine

By Steve Ramos
Arguably the best creative decision Jacobs and Siskel make in the film is choosing their talented subjects.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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...
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80

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
The movie floats to another realm entirely when the cameras go into the home of Nova Venerable, a smart, eloquent, gorgeous girl whose love...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The poetry has more in common with rap lyrics than Baudelaire, but that just increases the fun.
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75

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
The real value of poetry - of the contest itself - is not revealed until the closing credits, when we see the impressive list of colleges...
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
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.
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60

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
The efforts to document the teams' creative processes aren't particularly successful - no camera can capture something that elusive - but...
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True heart

By lavcavmovie
Yes, this movie looks emotionally challenging, as well as inspiring and raw. The art with which it appears these young people express their hearts sounds beautiful and profound. I'll be seeing with...

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Rated NR