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  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This brisk but full documentary about students at a Bronx high school taking a class that promotes literacy and poetry slams is, like its subjects, multifaceted, sometimes sad but ultimately inspiring. show more

  • 63
    Glenn Heath Jr. Slant Magazine

    This arc may sound particularly familiar on paper, but To Be Heard finds the unique passions and heartaches in all three stories, allowing the viewer to become invested in whatever outcome befalls each subject. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    Spanning four years, To Be Heard has a large enough scope to map its subjects' rocky road to reinvention, concentrating on various bumps along the way. show more

  • 100
    The New York Times

    Check your cynicism at the ticket booth. To Be Heard is one of the best documentaries of the year. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    However uplifting, To Be Heard, shot over the course of several years, takes a surprisingly unflinching look at the home lives of the three high schoolers. show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    For how well this finely crafted work captures the pressures of inner-city poverty, single-parent families and abusive relationships, one of its strengths lies in its ability to also gracefully locate the drama in filling out a college application. show more

  • 91
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    In the end, the power poetry workshops, as the teachers are first to admit, are not about creating Shakespeares. They are about survival. show more

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