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  • Summary: Life is not a musical for the 12 Kansas teenagers in the eight-episode long documentary.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 80
    This unsettling documentary series on the cable WE network, which follows a dozen Kansas City girls through four years in their suburban high school, suggests we've come a long, hard way from "Grease."
  2. The series, from Liese's Herizon Prods. and New Line Television, is remarkable for the way it compresses time and hones in on pivotal moments.
  3. 80
    As much as this is a story of the pressures facing teenage girls, it's also a striking, honest look at the parent-child relationship, with its ebbs and flows of communication and trust.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Certainly nothing here is "groundbreaking," as WE's production notes claim, given past exercises such as Michael Apted's landmark "7 Up!" series. Yet High School Confidential is the kind of personal document that merits attention--inviting curiosity not just regarding how these teens navigated through high school, but what their lives will be like seven years from now and beyond.
  5. While High School Confidential has its flaws--it is choppily edited and far too spare in its depictions of the girls living rather than talking--it does us a service by portraying teenagers beyond the media’s typical parameters of exceptionalism
  6. The lives shown here, in surprisingly frank profiles, are fascinating enough to sustain interest.
  7. Somehow, even after following these girls from ninth through 12th grade, Confidential manages to make their stories boring.

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