Bomb the System
Bomb the System (2003)

A young man with a troubled past expresses himself through street art in this independent drama. Anthony (Mark Webber) is a 19-year-old kid living in New York City who was introduced to "bombing" -- graffiti art sprayed on public… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 7, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Visually dazzling and dramatically trite -- it's virtuoso piffle.

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David Rooney

A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The story is so loosely developed and devoid of suspense, it barely seems to exist.

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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.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Preachy and single-minded, populated by a world of sympathetic heroes and hissable villains.

Jules Brenner

I came out of this wishing the paint can crowd would settle for tattoos.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Notable mainly for its hallucinatory, tripped visuals, which go a long way toward compensating for a less-than-riveting narrative.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A mild, slow-moving drama that belatedly tries to argue that graffiti writers are political artists, not an urban blight.

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The film half-heartedly paints their actions as rebel-chic heroism even when it has all the integrity of tomcats spraying outside their yards...

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