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Louder Than a Bomb

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel

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About the Movie

Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about “high school poetry” as we often think of it. It’s about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one’s voice.


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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, May 17, 2011

Fresh: Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's Louder Than a Bomb is an affecting and superbly paced celebration of American youth at their creative best. – Robert Koehler, Variety, May 16, 2011

Fresh: The movie floats to another realm entirely when the cameras go into the home of Nova Venerable. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, May 17, 2011

Fresh: Think of it as "Glee'' without music. Without a net, too. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 3, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Louder Than A Bomb

This is a wonderful movie. I have seen it four times and each time I watch the movie I learn more about these amazing kids.


I'm actually a teen and when my dad forced me to watch this i wasn't too sure about it based on the topic. BUT I have to say this movie is so inspiring and funny! The people documented in this film are so diverse and creative, coming together from all different types of backgrounds. Sharing a love of poetry they transform the "norm" or stereotype around the genre, making you want to write some yourself afterwards!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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