MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,070 this week

Louder Than a Bomb (2010)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 288 users   Metascore: 77/100
Reviews: 4 user | 29 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, Louder Than a Bomb follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world's largest youth slam.

Directors:

,
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 6049 titles
created 07 Nov 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 07 Apr 2012
 
a list of 52 titles
created 20 Mar 2013
 
a list of 19 titles
created 19 Jan 2014
 
a list of 22 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Louder Than a Bomb (2010)

Louder Than a Bomb (2010) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Louder Than a Bomb.
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ten years in the making, ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT follows the poignant journey of circus producer David Balding as he tries to find a nurturing and permanent home for Flora, the 18-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Leeman
Stars: David Balding, Flora
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.

Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Rachel Brosnahan, Amy Ryan
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Marcin and Kaska are young lovers in a lousy little town in Poland. Marcin has just lost his father and is sadly preparing to take over the small auto mechanic business and the house. But ... See full summary »

Director: Przemyslaw Wojcieszek
Stars: Rafal Mackowiak, Sylwia Juszczak, Andrzej Galla
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.'

Directors: Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
Stars: Daniel McGowan, Lisa McGowan, Tim Lewis
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán
Stars: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James
Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey
Reprise (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.

Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Espen Klouman Høiner, Viktoria Winge
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Love Is A Verb is an examination of a social movement of Sufi-inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey in the l960s and now spans across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Terry Spencer Hesser, Stephan Mazurek
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.

Director: Joachim Trier
Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava
Bully I (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch
Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson
Mon roi (2015)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious skiing accident. Dependent of medical staff and painkillers, she takes the time to remember the tumultuous love story she lived with Georgio.

Director: Maïwenn
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

Director: Doug Atchison
Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Kevin Coval
Adam Gottlieb
Elizabeth Graf
Kevin Harris
John Hood
Lamar Jorden
Peter Kahn
Jésus Lark
Nate Marshall
She'Kira McKnight
Preye Porri
James Sloan
Charles Smith
Robbie Q. Telfer ...
Himself
Nova Venerable
Edit

Storyline

Hailed as "one of the most inspiring and exhilarating documentaries in years" (Steve Pond, The Wrap), Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and 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 vice versa. 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. Written by Greg Jacobs

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

slam poetry | See All (1) »

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 March 2014 (Netherlands)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,881 (USA) (10 June 2011)

Gross:

$40,362 (USA) (10 June 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.16 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Inspirational!
6 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Louder Than A Bomb follows a few select groups of teenagers as they prepare for and then compete in a local spoken word poetry competition. As we watch them pursue their dreams, we share their laughter, their tension, their emotional suffering, their excitement and joy. This would be a great story in and of itself, except the story is not played out by actors but by real people living their real lives (think Hoop Dreams), making this sports story of sorts all the more engaging. We grow to know these teenagers and by the end we come to realize that the contest itself is actually irrelevant, that they have all matured by the experience and that they are all winners. Still, the excitement of the actual competition scenes, where these young poets are exhibiting more poetic talent than can be found within the pages of most of the so-called accepted poets, is nothing short of breath taking. This film is the definitive response to anyone who refuses to recognize the twenty-five year old poetry slam movement. The miracle of that movement is that even after all this time it still remains fresh, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in Louder Than A Bomb.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Louder Than a Bomb (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page