American Teen Reviews

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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.
March 7, 2009
Funny and fresh, it won't break boundaries but it will make anyone thankful for growing up.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2008
August 8, 2008
The whirl of hormones, high hopes and hysterical drama that is high school earns its close-up in American Teen, a smart and revealing look at the Class of 2006 in Warsaw, Indiana.
August 8, 2008
They all have their stories tell, some more complicated than others.
August 7, 2008
American Teen finds the truth in the trite and the cliched: It's a wonderful look at why growing up is so hard to do.
August 1, 2008
A moving and engrossing slice-of-life documentary about teen life in small-town Warsaw, Ind.
August 1, 2008
Eventually Burstein moves past these objections and slips under your skin.
August 1, 2008
American Teen shows how a documentary can be as moving and suspenseful as the best narrative feature.
August 1, 2008
American Teen is The Breakfast Club in real time.
August 1, 2008
This being senior year, Burstein can't help but capture some genuine drama, but there's a stage-managed quality to the movie that reminded me of MTV reality shows.
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