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  • Summary: Shot entirely on the streets of New York City, Bomb the System is the first feature in over 20 years to delve into the world of graffiti art. (Palm Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 80
    Excellent acting, great music, amazing artwork and gorgeous Christopher Doyle type cinematography make this film an absolute treat to sit through. It's like a big piece of candy.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists, Bomb the System signals the arrival of a talented filmmaker in NYU film graduate Adam Bhala Lough.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    70
    A needlessly circuitous plot twist leaves a bitter taste, but not before the film's scruffy charm does its work.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Visually dazzling and dramatically trite -- it's virtuoso piffle.
  5. Well acted and ably directed, if not very probing about its subject of underclass youth.
  6. The first feature from Adam Bhala Lough is brashly passionate in its desire to express the power and validity of graffiti art. But it's also preachy and single-minded, populated by a world of sympathetic heroes and hissable villains.
  7. 30
    As Bomb snakes its way toward tragedy, it grates rather than entices. The actors come off more as poseurs than as characters, and the film's political and cultural insights are superficial and old hat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. [Anonymous]
    Oct 11, 2005
    10
    Beautiful cinematography is the highlight of this film which is a strong first effort by Ivan Bhala Lough. Look for good things to come from him in the future. Collapse

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