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.
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.
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
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
The documentary curriculum is sex, gossip and self-pity. Not exactly original, but disturbingly true.
March 6, 2009
What makes American Teen so compelling is the way the four are presented. At first they seem like stock stereotypes, but over the course of the movie, we gain a powerful insight into what makes them tick.
March 6, 2009
Imagine High School Musical 3 without the singing, dancing or perfect teeth.
March 6, 2009
It is medium-mesmerising, even if we are gnawed by secret shame at watching a glorified reality TV show.
March 6, 2009
At times it looks rather staged for camera, in the manner of reality television, but there's a lot more to like and enjoy here than you might suppose.
March 6, 2009
Burstein's aim, presumably, was to explore the real people beyond the high-school musical stereotypes - ironically, she ends up confirming them.
March 6, 2009
Burstein orchestrates their passage through school with some sympathy and no real revelations - except for the fact that she guesses, probably correctly, that most teenagers are nothing like as dangerous and bolshie as a lot of adults believe.
March 6, 2009
A hugely enjoyable documentary with likeable characters and familiar, but no less compelling storylines, though you do wonder just how much of it was staged for the cameras.
March 6, 2009
What it might lack in plausibility, it makes up for with charm, laughs and an optimistic ending.
March 5, 2009
While compelling and nostalgic, American Teen is also like high school because it's hard to sort out the pure motives of the film
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