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  • Summary: Teenagers didn't always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by:  Gary M. Kramer
    Mar 13, 2014
    This documentary is not a dry, academic history of youth culture, but rather a vibrant political statement that shows the powerful force of teenagers and their ability to foment social, cultural, and political change.
  2. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Jan 21, 2014
    This is a whistle stop tour that leaves you wanting more.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Mar 11, 2014
    The old footage — newsreels, scraps of home movies — is entrancing, and even those familiar details eventually accrete with the fresh ones into something grand and stirring, especially near the conclusion.
  4. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Mar 26, 2014
    Teenage is an art film – an engrossing one at that – so it isn’t required to respect Queensberry rules vis-à-vis documentaries.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 22, 2014
    Wolf — who wrote Teenage with Jon Savage, author of “Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture 1875-1945” — deftly weaves together various media in a way that breathes its own youthful, stream-of-conscious life into the documentary genre.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 13, 2014
    A lot of intriguing ideas are floated in Teenage... But the film takes a point of view that leaves all of them underdeveloped.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 22, 2014
    Regrettably, it’s terrible poetry: 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.

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