American Teen Reviews

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September 2, 2020
One of the best films ever made about the high school experience.
August 21, 2017
American Teen succeeds in being exactly as crisp, entertaining, and useless as a romantic comedy.
April 6, 2015
This is not compelling film making; it just makes you hope that these kids will lighten up and learn to enjoy life.
August 23, 2012
The presence of a film crew may have encouraged drama.
August 15, 2011
It keeps assuring us that all is basically well.
March 13, 2011
It pains me to say it, but as far as I can see it's an extended and slightly better crafted example of those fake 'reality TV' shows.
July 6, 2010
American Teen follows the zeitgeist of documentary filmmaking, where truth is manipulated in order to create an entertaining film, which it no doubt is. Yet the question of its authenticity will linger in the minds of some viewers.
July 27, 2009
An intriguing look -- alternately funny and heartbreaking -- inside the heads of today's teens.
May 26, 2009
In contrast to other recent documentaries about coming of age in America, American Teen seems somewhat simplistic, perhaps naive.
March 7, 2009
An addictive documentary that'll have you cheering and crying, then waiting for the director to jump out from behind your sofa and say it was all a big joke.
March 7, 2009
Funny and fresh, it won't break boundaries but it will make anyone thankful for growing up.
March 7, 2009
Anyone who doesn't like it can stay behind after class.
March 7, 2009
The tears and laughter are genuine enough, but Berstein's orchestrations make her less of a fly on the wall than a fly in the ointment.
March 7, 2009
Although elements of the movie appear stage managed it is still a very watchable document of everyday lives.
March 7, 2009
This absorbing doc is a funny, heartbreaking reminder that we're all wounded survivors of the original war zone.
March 6, 2009
Compelling but not especially insightful, this is like watching nine months worth of reality TV in an hour and a half. Parental discretion is advised: if you have teens, this won't cheer you up.
March 6, 2009
Despite its flashy approach, American Teen remains emotionally involving because of the lives on show. You will care about these people, even if you suspect the director doesn't.
March 6, 2009
It's a lightly amusing film but it's also an unchallenging one which reinforces presumptions about kids rather than surprising with new insights. It floats in the shallow end of filmmaking.
March 6, 2009
The documentary curriculum is sex, gossip and self-pity. Not exactly original, but disturbingly true.
March 6, 2009
This film was for me marred by the persistent suspicion that the director wasn't being entirely straight with us.
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