Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009)

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The hopes and dreams of aspiring musicians competing in the junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest serve as the emotional core of this behind the scenes look at one of Europe's hottest television contests. The rules are just the same as the Eurovision Song Contest with one key difference - the songs performed by the junior entrants must be entirely original compositions, not cover tunes. As the competition heats up, eager musicians and groups descend upon Rotterdam to compete in the finals. But there can be only one winner, and in the lead-up to the finals, most of the contestants will see their dreams of stardom fade as the spotlight shifts to reveal the one performer who . ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Sounds Like Teen Spirit

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (1)

Johnson serves the story well and strikes a welcome tone by taking his subjects just seriously enough. Very enjoyable - but no more than an extended 'Pop Idol' for cinema.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Johnson's film is meant to be a heartwarming and funny look at young dreamers and the realities of their lives. But there's something distasteful in portraying these kids as lovable losers.

May 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Sunday Times (UK)

This is another moderately interesting documentary following some obscure competition in which there will be grieving losers, exultant winners and little widespread acclaim.

May 13, 2009 | Full Review…
Observer (UK)

Johnson never hits on a story that's worth telling, and his arch interjections about the contest marking the end of war in Europe hit all the wrong notes. Where's Terry Wogan when you need him?

May 13, 2009 | Full Review…
Independent on Sunday

This is a warm and very funny film that completely wins us over as it progresses.

May 13, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Shadows on the Wall

A cast of cute kids and quirky teens make for an unorthodox but endearing documentary.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine

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