Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and viceversa. Louder Than a Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems--and what they get out of them--is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice.
- Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel
- Run Time
- 1 hour 39 minutes
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.Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 05.17.2011
Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's Louder Than a Bomb is an affecting and superbly paced celebration of American youth at their creative best.Robert Koehler, Variety, 05.16.2011
The movie floats to another realm entirely when the cameras go into the home of Nova Venerable.Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, 05.17.2011
Think of it as "Glee'' without music. Without a net, too.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 06.03.2011