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Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009)

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The hopes and dreams of aspiring musicians competing in the junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest serve as the emotional core of this behind the scenes look at one of Europe's hottest television contests. The rules are just the same as the Eurovision Song Contest with one key difference - the songs performed by the junior entrants must be entirely original compositions, not cover tunes. As the competition heats up, eager musicians and groups descend upon Rotterdam to compete in the

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Johnson serves the story well and strikes a welcome tone by taking his subjects just seriously enough. Very enjoyable - but no more than an extended 'Pop Idol' for cinema.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Johnson's film is meant to be a heartwarming and funny look at young dreamers and the realities of their lives. But there's something distasteful in portraying these kids as lovable losers.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

This is another moderately interesting documentary following some obscure competition in which there will be grieving losers, exultant winners and little widespread acclaim.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Johnson never hits on a story that's worth telling, and his arch interjections about the contest marking the end of war in Europe hit all the wrong notes. Where's Terry Wogan when you need him?

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday

This is a warm and very funny film that completely wins us over as it progresses.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A cast of cute kids and quirky teens make for an unorthodox but endearing documentary.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It is physically impossible to emerge from this film wearing anything other than a smile as big as an upside-down rainbow. Congratulations - and jubilations!

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

The documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit has a thoroughly dismal premise but it is a remarkable and deeply affecting watch.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

An entertaining, if slight, documentary about the Junior Eurovision song contest, which has the same trappings of wholesome glitz and polite nationalism that distinguishes the grown-up version.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Director Jamie Jay Johnson has hit gold with his subjects, and it's heartening how much he focuses on the ones with actual talent.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

An exquisitely poignant, hilarious and uplifting reminder of the power of music, and cinema, to enrich your life.

May 8, 2009
Little White Lies

The world could do with some feelgood fun at the moment, and this is utterly infectious - a total joy.

May 8, 2009
Heat Magazine

The feeling of unity and pride pierces even the hardest heart, particularly as many of these kids have experienced devastating conflicts in their homeland.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Gooey tunes and rampant primary colours can't scupper the slick yet guileless crowdpleasing of Jamie J Johnson's debut doc. We might giggle and gag on the garish Euro-pop, but Johnson gets us on-side with winning, grinning empathy.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The children dominate the film, and their openness and enthusiasm overwhelm any latent cynicism.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Filled with backstage tears and onstage triumph, the film neatly captures the sheer awkwardness of being a youngster. Go see.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

This toe-tappingly energetic documentary is a real delight as it traces the talent and traumas of Euro kids as they strive for musical success. It is affectionate, amusing and thoroughly charming - the kids are genuinely thoughtful and engaging.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

Director Jamie Jay Johnson tries to lend his project some gravitas by contrasting this friendly competition with Europe's warring past. But that smells like b******* because, essentially, this is like watching X Factor highlights.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Sounds Like Teen Spirit has its share of emotional manipulation but this documentary on the Junior Eurovision leaves one saddened by so much hope, enthusiasm, ambition and energy expended on such a tacky concept.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

is the humanity of the youngsters and the hopes of their families that win your heart rather than Johnson's attempts to say anything meaningful about Eurovision's contribution to peace between nations in modern Europe. Good fun.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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