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tick, tick...Boom! (2021)



Critic Consensus: tick, tick... BOOM! makes musical magic out of a story focused on the creative process -- an impressive feat for debuting director Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut with tick, tick...BOOM!, an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who revolutionized theater as the creator of Rent. The film follows Jon (Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who's waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he's due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael, who has moved on from his dream to a life of financial security; amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have? tick, tick...BOOM!


Bradley Whitford
as Stephen Sondheim
Richard Kind
as Alexandra Shipp
Judith Light
as Rosa Stevens
Joel Grey
as Allan Larson
Kate Rockwell
as Tariq Trotter
Mason Versaw
as Young Jonathan
Ben Ross
as Freddy
Derrick Delgado
as Young Michael- 9 years old
Javiel Sellas
as Teenage Michael
Jared Loftin
as Kenita Miller
Kenita Miller
as Noah Lentini
Noah Lentini
as West Side Dancer
Mahkah Wright
as School kid
Jennifer Alexander
as Nurse(uncredited)
Adrienne Brammer
as Pedestrian(uncredited)
Ken Holmes
as YMCA Poolgoer(uncredited)
Bob Leszczak
as Businessman(uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for tick, tick...Boom!

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (46)

Juxtapositions of the same-titled play narrated by Garfield and the scenes playing out provide an exciting yet devastating backstory to Larson...

December 3, 2021 | Full Review…

With "tick, tick ... BOOM!", Miranda has done [Larson] proud.

November 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Tick, Tick... Boom! is a totem for the thrills and trials of making art, with all the sacrifices and empathy it requires.

November 24, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Larson's story comes to the screen as it should: blending fact and fiction, terrific music and self-effacing charm, with a spirit of innovation and love for the theater.

November 23, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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With Tick, Tick ... Boom, Miranda celebrates the power and the pressure of the world he loves most, and he's picked a subject who encapsulates those warring dynamics perfectly.

November 22, 2021 | Full Review…

It really is a fascinating portrait of this one person's specific creative process.

November 20, 2021 | Full Review…

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