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  • Summary: A shy teen turns on the high school crowd when he broadcasts outrageous nightly monologues on a pirate radio station. (New Line Cinema)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 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]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    91
    This movie doesn't end up taking on all the problems it offers up. Meting out justice to an evil school administrator seems to be enough for now. As an enlightened and energetic film - a voice for the '90s - it is enough. [12 Sep 1990, p.11]
  3. 88
    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 Volume, the "why-bother" generation finds a voice, and begins to bother. [22 Aug 1990, p.47]
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    75
    Though the film is fitted with a basic, teen-rebel plot, its true substance comes from Mark's commentary. His observations are generally interesting and witty, and they almost always have the ring of truth. [22 Aug 1990, p.37]
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Heathers was such a black-comic revelation that Pump Up the Volume comes as a double surprise. What were the odds, particularly this early in his career, that Christian Slater would end up starring in two of the best high school movies ever? [22 Aug 1990, p.4D]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    25
    Bad teen film unredeemed by aspirations toward significance.

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