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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 63
    Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 63
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's a real commitment to key moments; a sense of depth and understanding. It has labor of love written all over it. [22 Aug 1990, p.E1] show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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] show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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] show more

  • 88
    Joan Anderman Boston Globe

    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] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times

    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] show more

  • 75
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Pump Up the Volume, an exceedingly well-written teenager-full-of-angst melodrama about a high school student who operates a pirate radio broadcast that criticizes parents and teachers while revealing the turmoil of adolescence. show more

  • 25
    TV Guide

    Bad teen film unredeemed by aspirations toward significance. show more

  • 60

    Surprising success with what could be a formulaic disgruntled teen movie. Fast paced with a satisfyingly unhappy ending. show more

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