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Based on 10 Reviews
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  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    There can never be too many stories of human grace and perseverance like those of Nova, or Nate, or Adam, all teens who've been encouraged to channel their resentments and desires into art. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Siskel and Jacobs focus on the performances, which are inspiring and electrifying. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Think of it as "Glee" without music. Without a net, too. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The poetry has more in common with rap lyrics than Baudelaire, but that just increases the fun. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    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. show more

  • 80
    Steve Ramos Boxoffice Magazine

    Arguably the best creative decision Jacobs and Siskel make in the film is choosing their talented subjects. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 80
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 60
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 91
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    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. show more

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