WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
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:

,
4 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blood Brother (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Blood Brother is an intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who longed to find a family. He didn't know it, but this desire would lead him to an AIDS hostel in India, a place of ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Hoover
Stars: Rocky Braat, Tom Granger, Steve Hoover
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Stars: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Alex Shinohara
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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, Amy Ryan, Rachel Brosnahan
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Birkenstock
Stars: Wolfgang Beltracchi, Helene Beltracchi, Henrik Hanstein
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
Street Fight (2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which the Cory Booker attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James.

Director: Marshall Curry
Stars: Jen Bluestein, Cory Booker, Bill Bradley
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
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Eliot Spitzer, Michael Schwendeman, Kim Allen
McCullin (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today's photojournalists. For the first time, McCullin speaks candidly about his ... See full summary »

Directors: David Morris, Jacqui Morris
Stars: Harold Evans, Don McCullin, Michael Parkinson
Trophy Kids (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

From the director of Bigger Stronger Faster comes an intense look at overbearing parents in sports. The film asks the question "Do we want what's best for our children? Or do we just want ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Bell
Stars: Amari Avery
Hoffa (1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of the notorious American labor union figure, Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Kevin Coval
Adam Gottlieb
Elizabeth Graf
Kevin Harris
John Hood
Lamar Jorden
Peter Kahn
Jésus Lark
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

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.3 (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