Teenage (2014)

Once, 'Teenagers' didn't exist. But then, they were invented. With a changing tide the world over and a struggle erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 14, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2014
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Using a smartly assembled blend of archival footage and well-made re-enactments, Teenage surveys the rise of adolescent culture with tenderness and wit.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Wolf's sympathy for youth movements compensates for the distraction of the new scenes, and the fascinating old footage seals the deal.

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Kathy Fennessy
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

The collage effect recalls Ken Burns' documentaries for PBS, particularly since Wolf also occasionally inserts still photographs towards which he zooms in slowly in order to approximate movement.

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Jen Chaney
Washington Post

Deftly weaves together various media in a way that breathes its own youthful, stream-of-conscious life into the documentary genre.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

If Teenage delivers a sweeping generalization or two (or three) ... Wolf's documentary makes up for it with footage that's just too good to be ignored.

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Betsy Sherman
Arts Fuse

The documentary's enjoyable to watch, and refreshingly not tongue-in-cheek. There's a toughness at its core that gives it great value.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

There's no "there" there in "Teenage," a meandering mess of a documentary that has the feel of a bloated, inchoate term paper.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Director Matt Wolf uses startling archival footage to capture the rise of pre-Elvis youth culture as the defining surge of the 20th century.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This movie does have interesting snippets of history about people on society's fringes, especially people who were way ahead of their time in terms of youth culture, but if you want a better overview of this issue, you will have to read the book.

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A companion piece to the book Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, 1875-1945. As the title states we're exploring the development of youth culture from… More