User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

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Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 88
    Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    63
    Roaring into the microphone with all the passion he can't put into his life, Slater gives this movie what it otherwise so desperately lacks: a reason for being.
  3. Working within the confines of the teen-age genre film, Pump Up the Volume succeeds in sounding a surprising number of honest, heartfelt notes.