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Teenage Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2015
This movie does have interesting snippets of history about people on society's fringes, especially people who were way ahead of their time in terms of youth culture, but if you want a better overview of this issue, you will have to read the book.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 13, 2014
Arty yet superficial treatment of provocative subject matter...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 15, 2014
Insightful docu traces historical evolution of adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
Filmmaker Matt Wolf's Teenage tracks the origins of modern youth culture through the early 20th Century, to intriguing but inconclusive results
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Landon Palmer
Nonfics
June 2, 2014
More well-crafted experience than historical chronicle, Teenage is an illustrative portrait of adolescence from the attempted point-of-view of those who first made sense of it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 23, 2014
It's a terrific distraction, but it ultimately leaves you unfulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 22, 2014
A roughly chronological jumble of archival footage, unconvincing period reenactments, gauzy voice-overs, and half-baked ideas that makes one yearn for the stolid dullness of a History Channel documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
May 22, 2014
Deftly weaves together various media in a way that breathes its own youthful, stream-of-conscious life into the documentary genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 22, 2014
"Teenage" does what a good documentary should: educate and entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 20, 2014
Granted, the film's title is taken from Savage's book, but for a documentary which concludes that the teenager is all about the future, it spends too much of its time covering WWII. "Teenage" is a niche historical document.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 8, 2014
There's no "there" there in "Teenage," a meandering mess of a documentary that has the feel of a bloated, inchoate term paper.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
May 8, 2014
Has moments that are quite intriguing, but, like a teenager, it can't seem to decide what it wants to be when it grows up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
May 8, 2014
If by the end, a clear definition of the teenager hasn't emerged, that's cool. Teenagers don't know what they are either.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 1, 2014
Both informative and entertaining [though] less a straightforward cinematic argument than a dreamlike, multilevel evocation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 25, 2014
We were expecting a light-hearted, fact-filled look at the phenomenon of the "youth market" Western pop culture, but Matt Wolf's documentary is much more than that.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 24, 2014
Wolf's sympathy for youth movements compensates for the distraction of the new scenes, and the fascinating old footage seals the deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 24, 2014
A stereotypical response to Teenage from today's attention span-deprived youth would be, "Ugh, whatever." They'd be right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2014
If Teenage delivers a sweeping generalization or two (or three) ... Wolf's documentary makes up for it with footage that's just too good to be ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Baker
Oregonian
April 3, 2014
It's an unusual experience -- I kept waiting for what felt like an extended prologue to end and the movie to start -- but once it settles in, you're off on a cultural time-trip without a guide or a net.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 27, 2014
The archival footage is mesmerizing stuff, articulately edited by Joe Beshenkovsky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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