The Edge of Seventeen Reviews

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January 11, 2017
Steinfeld begins her performance at fever pitch, then cranks it up. It's an astonishing high-wire act, one of the most sustained and perceptive and complete performances I've seen in years.
December 2, 2016
A terrific teen comedy with the traditional feel of John Hughes's Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink.
November 29, 2016
Steinfeld smartly weighs the comedy of Nadine's hormonal disquiet against her potentially tragic need for affirmation, never more adroitly than in a shaded set piece involving an accidental sext.
November 28, 2016
Steinfeld is able to play Nadine at peak asshole, with huge sympathy.
November 28, 2016
The wisest and smartest teen comedy in years.
November 23, 2016
That weird, messy puzzle of trauma and affection where our high school memories reside is what powers The Edge of Seventeen.
November 22, 2016
Thanks to its edgy sense of humor and achingly accurate poignancy, the flick will touch a nerve with anyone who has ever had to ride that tidal wave of teenage angst. By the way, that's everybody.
November 21, 2016
Craig and her actors, all of them wonderful, have freshened up the genre: As familiar as the basic story may be, it also hits some raw, nuanced notes.
November 21, 2016
This is a movie about a teen, first and foremost, rather than a "teen movie," and that's exactly what makes it feel like a peerless example for the genre.
November 21, 2016
One of the pleasures of Edge of Seventeen is it makes you nostalgic for high school yet so relieved it's over.
November 18, 2016
When you leave the theater, you feel as though you've finished a road trip through some of High School Film Land's best-loved attractions... But each stop is ever so slightly better than you remembered. Not another teen movie, indeed.
November 18, 2016
It's a snapshot of the kids of today, overlaid with the filter of a somewhat more grownup sensibility.
November 18, 2016
Steinfeld attacks the role with a sly ferocity and a fearless streak of self-deprecation - you either know a Nadine, or you are Nadine.
November 18, 2016
"Edge of Seventeen" is something special. To see it is to remember what it's like to be 17, and to be grateful you're not 17 anymore.
November 17, 2016
Hailee Steinfeld became a child star to watch in True Grit, and delivers on that promise in The Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age movie that owes a debt to John Hughes films but establishes its own voice for the selfie-and-sexting generation.
November 17, 2016
It can hold its own against "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Clueless" and other movies that have raised the bar on teenage movies.
Top Critic
November 17, 2016
Craig writes fresh, sharp dialogue, knows what she's doing around actors and is unafraid to get out on a ledge.
November 17, 2016
While teenage tropes are dutifully checked off - the love triangle, the makeover, the party gone wrong - there's originality to Nadine's lonely quest to find her place, only to ultimately learn she's not alone in being all alone.
November 17, 2016
"The Edge of Seventeen" is the rare coming-of-age picture that feels less like a retread than a renewal. It's a disarmingly smart, funny and thoughtful piece of work, from end to beginning to end.
November 17, 2016
The Edge of Seventeen is charming, thoughtful, a little crazy, often funny and sometimes touching in a very real way. It makes you feel that the high school movie genre still has merit, even in Hollywood hands.
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