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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 hip-hop culture. Shot on five continents using guerilla filmmaking techniques, Bomb It aims to give viewers a newfound appreciation of graffiti culture by exploring the origins of street art and interviewing the artists about their tactics and motivations. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A remarkably compact and engaging overview of the history and ideology of this urban outlaw art form."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles 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."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"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?"
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bomb It offers a new way of looking at the world's cities, courtesy of the art world's fleeting phantoms, who often have to choose between buying food or a can of spray paint."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Genuinely global, multicultural, and multilingual in its urban perspectives."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Matt Pais,
"Bomb It! is a brisk and bracing portrait of the state of the art. Of course, the fact that the art is often a crime comes up ..."
‑ James Rocchi, Cinematical
"Jon Reiss' high-energy doc hops all across the globe in order to paint the fullest portrait of the most modern art."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Bomb It's uncritical survey of world graffiti culture nods to history and cave art, then basically repeats itself."
‑ Brian Miller, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Bomb It lays out the history of graffiti art better than any other work that we can remember, and at the core of the film is a poignant social statement."
‑ Brian Linder, IGN Movies
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