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  • Summary: AMERICAN TEEN is the touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows the lives of four teenagers - a jock, a popular girl, a heartthrob, an artsy girl and a geek – in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future. (Paramount Vantage) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Shows how a documentary can be as moving and suspenseful as the best narrative feature.
  2. Reviewed by: Zack Haddad
    90
    Never has a film captured the spirit of being a teenager better.
  3. 83
    Though it's compelling enough as soap opera, American Teen digs deeply into why kids grudgingly accept the roles they've been given and the brutal consequences that come with straying outside the lines.
  4. What makes Nanette Burstein's movie so powerful is its uncanny sense of familiarity.
  5. So is the result just a case of life imitating pop art, or has the director shaped the footage to enhance the imitation?
  6. The movie does get under your skin (the tremulous misfit girl, Hannah, might be a breakout role model), but the way it has been put together reminds me of those animal shows where the crew nudges the gazelles in the direction of the lions with multiple cameras standing by.
  7. At times it's almost like "Lord of the Flies," with the camera serving as the flypaper dipped in the honey of the promised land of celebrity.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
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