Turn Me On, Dammit! Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
With uncommon sensitivity, Jacobsen digs into that heady, woozy mix of angst and ardor that characterizes puberty.
Ashley Norris
HeyUGuys
April 3, 2013
Still, Jacobsen has created a lightly enjoyable quirky, witty comedy which isn't equivocal. It breezes by because of its charming affable script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2012
Director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen competently captures the awkwardness we all felt as teens and it's made that much more impressive considering the majority of her cast had never set foot in front of a camera before.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 16, 2012
With a cast mainly of first-time movie actors, led by the endearing gamine Bergsholm, Jacobsen covers the familiar coming-of-age material from a fresh, engaging perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 6, 2012
True, the film deals with sex. But at heart, it's really about romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
July 6, 2012
... a sweet, low-key film that observes the turmoil of adolescence from the knowing eye of adulthood...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2012
The movie treats a girl's burgeoning sexuality as neither epic nor problematic, or mutually exclusive of feelings of love, but rather simply, refreshingly, as one part of maturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 27, 2012
[A]lmost shocking in how it depicts 15-year-old Alma's all-consuming confusion, anxiety, and sexual desperation: with a candid carnality the likes of which is de rigueur for the horny-boy subgenre...
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2012
Teenage boys aren't alone in exploring their confused and unruly libidos. Girls go there, too. And when they do, it's no small thing.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
"Turn Me On, Dammit!" is a rarity: a comedy about a teenage girl's budding sexuality, treated with wit and kindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 1, 2012
There isn't much to [Alma's] story, but at 76 minutes, it breezes by as quickly as the changing of a teenager's moods.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 1, 2012
A wry if saucily subversive charmer, based on a novel by Olaug Nilssen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 24, 2012
For a genre dominated by American movies in which girls are usually prizes or objects of lust, Turn Me On, Dammit! practically feels revolutionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alexandra Molotkow
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2012
Turn Me On, Dammit! is that rare thing: an honest coming-of-age story from the female perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 17, 2012
If you're up for its frankness, it's a funny and tender coming-of-age tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 17, 2012
Here's a clever, refreshingly real twist on the teenage sex farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 17, 2012
[It] never lags, from the first shocking scene to a sweetly amusing John Hughes-inspired finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 10, 2012
"Turn Me On, Dammit!" is a movie as odd as its title, just as straightforward and considerably more endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 10, 2012
Teenage Alma takes on all of the taboos of Western sexuality in this delightful coming-of-age fairytale.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 26, 2012
It may be a slight comedy but Turn Me On, Dammit! is enormously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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