Pump Up the Volume Synopsis
Shy teen (Christian Slater) blasts his suburb as pirate talk-radio DJ.
Read Full Synopsis

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings

77
SEE ALL CRITIC REVIEWS
100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This is an exhilarating picture, the kind that strips away smug complacencies and exposes raw nerves to a bright light. [14 Sep 1990, p.C4]
Full Review
88

Boston Globe

By Joan Anderman
It's a celebration of free expression that treats youth like a fierce and beautiful animal, and never attempts to tame it. In Pump Up the...
Full Review
88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes.
Full Review
75

Chicago Sun-Times

By
Though the film is fitted with a basic, teen-rebel plot, its true substance comes from Mark's commentary. His observations are generally...
Full Review
75

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
Pump Up the Volume, an exceedingly well-written teenager-full-of-angst melodrama about a high school student who operates a pirate radio...
Full Review
63

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's a real commitment to key moments; a sense of depth and understanding. It has labor of love written all over it. [22 Aug 1990, p.E1]
Full Review
63

Rolling Stone

Roaring into the microphone with all the passion he can't put into his life, Slater gives this movie what it otherwise so desperately...
Full Review
63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Heathers was such a black-comic revelation that Pump Up the Volume comes as a double surprise. What were the odds, particularly this early...
Full Review
60

Empire

Surprising success with what could be a formulaic disgruntled teen movie. Fast paced with a satisfyingly unhappy ending.
Full Review
25

TV Guide

By
Bad teen film unredeemed by aspirations toward significance.
Full Review

Fan Reviews

Did You See This Movie?

Be the first to write a review!

More Info

Rated R | For Offensive Language