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  • Summary: 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. 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. (Balcony Releasing) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 19, 2011
    91
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 30, 2011
    88
    Siskel and Jacobs focus on the performances, which are inspiring and electrifying.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 5, 2011
    88
    Think of it as "Glee" without music. Without a net, too.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    May 17, 2011
    80
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 16, 2011
    75
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 18, 2011
    75
    The poetry has more in common with rap lyrics than Baudelaire, but that just increases the fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 17, 2011
    60
    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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