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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Reality tv, welcome to the multiplex. If "The Hills" went back to high school and developed wit, perception and a conscience, it might play something like Nanette Burstein's wallop of a doc. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Shows how a documentary can be as moving and suspenseful as the best narrative feature. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though it could work as effectively as a television vehicle, American Teen is revealing, funny and involving. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    So authentic are the subjects, so raw their emotions. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The kids here do come across as genuine people, struggling with issues everyone can understand. show more

  • 60
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    For all of its access and exposure, American Teen seems skin-deep. It's well shot, with good production values and lots of cool music. But it's fun and facile in much the same way reality TV is. show more

  • 50
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The students all say and do more than they should in the filmmaker's presence, which certainly makes them watchable -- sort of a slow-motion train wreck. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The kids are real and their stories enthralling: When it comes to drama, there's nothing quite like high school. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    American Teen isn't as penetrating or obviously realistic as her "On the Ropes," but Burstein has achieved an engrossing film. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    As close to fraudulent as a documentary can get and still be worth seeing. show more

  • December 24, 2008 movieburbank
    Report This User

    I just saw this on dvd, and i thought it was surprisingly good, there were a couple of moments that were entertaining, yet relatable. the whole film was really well-made, and really charming, you can relate to these kids who really made you feel like you were in high school again. a film for all ages.

  • August 01, 2008 DuMbBlOnD1426
    Report This User

    i really rhink this is going to be good

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