Pump Up the Volume
Pump Up the Volume (1990)

Unbeknownst to his high school peers, the class geek moonlights as the coolest deejay on the baddest pirate radio station (which he runs from his own bedroom) in town.

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

The perfectly cast Slater effectively propels the film, his intensity and dry delivery giving it a definite edge, as does a soundtrack which includes Ice T, Concrete Blonde and the Cowboy Junkies.

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Brian Orndorf

Slater is Moyle's generator, powering the film through some sludgy melodramatics, and while his separation of Mark and Hard Harry is practically Kabuki theater, the effort is just wonderful.

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Christopher Null

A teen anthem and guilty pleasure.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's a howl from the heart, a relentlessly involving movie that gives a kid every reason to believe that he or she can come of age.

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Clint Morris

Much more than a teen movie....an experience, and one you'll never forget. TURN IT UP LOUD!

Rich Cline
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Emanuel Levy

Sharply uneven, this teen-angst feature begins exgremely well with some relevant social commentary; it also put on the map Christian Slater as a talent to watch.

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Lloyd Bradley
Empire Magazine

Fast paced with a satisfyingly unhappy ending.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Few films understand the fantasies of the would-be outsider-turned-icon quite as well, while remaining in a realistic setting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Rewatched this for the first time in years. I think my last viewing may have actually been on VHS. Really enjoyed it, was actually better than I remembered it.… More
Tim Salmons
Christian Slater's Masterpiece! Just kidding. :)
Cameron Sherwell
Slater does it again, this catapults straight into my top 10 alongside 'Heathers' another Slater movie that I watche and while back and have been… More
Curtis Lilly
As much as I love Slayter, I must equally hate 80's kids and radio.
AJ Verser
Slater is so hot in this movie! This rebellious teen drama is full of both angst and celebration of being a teenager at the turn of the decade. I really loved… More
Anthony Lawrie
In 1990 this was the coolest film ever made.