Sounds Like Teen Spirit

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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 (24) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (3)

  • 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…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • The documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit has a thoroughly dismal premise but it is a remarkable and deeply affecting watch.

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An entertaining, if slight, documentary about the Junior Eurovision song contest, which has the same trappings of wholesome glitz and polite nationalism that distinguishes the grown-up version.

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

    Andrew Pulver

    Guardian
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  • An exquisitely poignant, hilarious and uplifting reminder of the power of music, and cinema, to enrich your life.

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 5/5
  • Aesthetically, it may be an awful event but Sounds Like Teen Spirit takes that in and still makes you watch it with pleasure - and a little pain too.

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • [A] charming, moving and ultimately heart-warming testament to the power of dreams to transform the lives of these troubled youngsters, if only for the length of the contest.

    Oct 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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