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Bomb the System

R Released May 27, 2005 1h 31m Drama List
32% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 84% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A teen (Mark Webber) and his pals (Gano Grills, Jade Yorker) go on a nightly mission to color New York walls with graffiti. Read More Read Less
Bomb the System

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Critics Consensus

Given the movie's premise, one would assume it's gritty and street-smart, but in reality it's a slave to stale cliches and formula.

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Ty Burr Boston Globe Visually dazzling and dramatically trite -- it's virtuoso piffle. Rated: 2/4 Aug 26, 2005 Full Review Tom Keogh Seattle Times Thoroughly fails to convince that its handful of New York characters known as 'bombers,' graffiti mongers futilely yearning for immortality via nightly despoiling of public and private property, is of any tragic interest. Rated: 1/4 Jun 24, 2005 Full Review Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter Notable mainly for its hallucinatory, tripped visuals, which go a long way toward compensating for a less-than-riveting narrative. Jun 17, 2005 Full Review Eric Monder Film Journal International The story is so loosely developed and devoid of suspense, it barely seems to exist. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review James Verniere Boston Herald Rated: 2/4 Aug 27, 2005 Full Review Jules Brenner I came out of this wishing the paint can crowd would settle for tattoos. Rated: 3/5 Aug 26, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Ignore what you've heard bad about this movie. Some writers might be upset that the movie doesn't go too into detail about actually putting graffiti up or saying that it's using incorrect terminology but those people completely missed what's good about the movie. First off, the actual presentation, filming, camera movement, effects, etc. are all extremely artistic and original. The entire movie just makes you feel empathetic for the characters. The atmosphere, the scenery, all of it. Interludes between scenes of the main character always running, just running away. The music is good too. It's all done by El-P, for anyone familiar with Def-Jux. The whole movie though, it's just amazing... So many people overlooked this. Everything is just done so brutally realistic, how the way characters react and think, how life really can just be ****ed up. It's a powerful movie and the ending is the best part. (be warned though... it's sad...) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Underrated movie with a good plot and interesting story, as well as comedic elements and intellectual tidbits that allow me to see graffiti from a different perspective. Great movie, one of my favorites of all time. Recommend it to anyone, even people who don't have much of an interest in graffiti (I don't, yet I still enjoyed it). Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Was a very good story so good sad parts and a true story of the life just as good as Exit though the gift shop Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member A film that tries to capture an underground culture, and fails for the most part. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member pretty decent debut, but the bad actors, the unfitting 'artsy-fartsy' crap (also the forced 'trying to make it look more expensive') and truckloads of continuity errors spoil most of the fun. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member This was decent. Poor production values, but the music is good and it gets the atmosphere right. If you are interested in graffiti writing you will probably like this. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A teen (Mark Webber) and his pals (Gano Grills, Jade Yorker) go on a nightly mission to color New York walls with graffiti.
Adam Bhala Lough
Ben Rekhi
Adam Bhala Lough
Palm Pictures
Production Co
Drops Entertainment
R (Sexuality|Drug Use|Pervasive Language|Nudity)
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
May 27, 2005, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 10, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 31m