American Teen
American Teen (2008)

"American Teen" follows the lives of five 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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 21, 2008
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: American Teen skates some thin ice with its documentary ethics but, in the end, presents a charming and stylish (if packaged) tale.

Kevin Craft
Miami Herald

This is not compelling film making; it just makes you hope that these kids will lighten up and learn to enjoy life.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The whirl of hormones, high hopes and hysterical drama that is high school earns its close-up in American Teen, a smart and revealing look at the Class of 2006 in Warsaw, Indiana.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

The presence of a film crew may have encouraged drama.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's a lightly amusing film but it's also an unchallenging one which reinforces presumptions about kids rather than surprising with new insights. It floats in the shallow end of filmmaking.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

They all have their stories tell, some more complicated than others.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It keeps assuring us that all is basically well.

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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

My only gripe is that the relentless pressure to be a winner in American culture is exhausting to watch.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

American Teen finds the truth in the trite and the cliched: It's a wonderful look at why growing up is so hard to do.

Mike Edwards
What Culture

It pains me to say it, but as far as I can see it's an extended and slightly better crafted example of those fake 'reality TV' shows.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
As I watched the documentary American Teen, my brain kept telling me that this was just another of those posed, fake, "reality" shows. How the heck… More
Luke Baldock
According to this documentary, high school soap operas and teen movies have had it right from the start. This isn't a gritty expose of some secret way of… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Remember high school? It's gotten worse."</i> A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their… More
Jason Spencer
We get a pretty good look at who these people really are and for some I hope it was a wake up call. We get the classic types here... jock, princess, outcast,… More
Nicki Marie
I really enjoyed this. I tend to like things that follow "real" people, although I do have to question how set up this one was. Anyhow, it was very… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=DarkRed]Filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On the Ropes) wanted to document the lives of actual American teenagers. After a national search, she… More