Bomb It
Bomb It (2008)

Filmmaker Jonathan Reiss offers a multilingual look at the evolution of graffiti in a documentary that begins by examining ancient rock paintings and traces the trend straight through to the works of Picasso and 1970s-era New York City… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 2008
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

A remarkably compact and engaging overview of the history and ideology of this urban outlaw art form.

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Laura Kern
New York Times

What distinguishes Jon Reiss's lively, sure-handed film from the rest is that it widens the spectrum by taking a comprehensively international viewpoint.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Their increasingly colorful, elaborate and large signatures sparked heated debate: Was graffiti an emerging art, a legitimate form of social criticism or vandalism pure and simple?

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Genuinely global, multicultural, and multilingual in its urban perspectives.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

The subject is never less than fascinating, though the film's repetitive format and reiteration of the same points ad infinitum will wear you down before the paint can dry.

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Matt Pais
Metromix.com

A colorful examination of property and public space, the rebellion of self-expression and an art form that's as controversial in art galleries as it is on the streets.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Jon Reiss' high-energy doc hops all across the globe in order to paint the fullest portrait of the most modern art.

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Brian Miller
Village Voice

Bomb It's uncritical survey of world graffiti culture nods to history and cave art, then basically repeats itself.

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Stan Hall
Oregonian

Jon Reiss' globetrotting documentary may not move people to hug their local graffiti tagger, but it at least gives context to a practice that many urbanites view as mindless vandalism.

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Documentary about graffiti artists and their motivation, why they do what they do. Rather than just show New York, this one goes across the world, covering… More