American Teen Reviews

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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 6, 2009
She shoehorns their personal details into predictable teen movie narrative arcs, draining any life out of them in the process and turning them into annoying caricatures. narrative arcs, draining any life out of them in the process and turni
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
January 20, 2009
dieisdytikotero ap' o,ti tha perimenes na prokypsei apo ena systima parakoloythisis mias pragmatikotitas poy tha perimenes na min tis aresei idiaitera na ektithetai se tetoio bathmo
January 7, 2009
American Teen presents itself as getting inside the lives of America's current youth culture. But the very idea of individuality is lost because it doesn't go deep enough into the lives of its subjects to fully convey the idea.
January 6, 2009
Damn, I really do not miss high school.
December 20, 2008
Doesn't take full advantage of the opportunity offered by a year-long glimpse into young lives. One is left to wonder what Errol Morris would have done with the challenge.
December 7, 2008
...has its heart in the right place, but I don't think it breaks any new ground exploring the teen years.
December 1, 2008
Presents a neat and compact overview of youth under pressure to conform, perform and mature.
December 1, 2008
Either one of the most intimate and revealing documentaries ever made about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in America or a clever fraud.
December 1, 2008
Written and directed by Nanette Burstein, it's like an intricate and many-layered slice of reality television transferred to the big screen, by turns funny, sad, painful, embarrassing, crude and strangely moving.
November 21, 2008
My only gripe is that the relentless pressure to be a winner in American culture is exhausting to watch.
November 20, 2008
Several remarkable sequences illustrate just how oblivious some teens can be to the fact they are being recorded.
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