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This making-of-a-star drama is old-fashioned and corny, and not in a good way.
What's so brave and exciting about Max Minghella's directorial debut is that it refuses to compromise on either end, a sweet pop spectacle at once both proudly generic and unafraid to be itself.
Knows how to add gloss without losing emotion.
A movie that's formulaic in every detail but that passes off its particular cute brand of British Isles whimsy as a vaguely high-toned signifier of "authenticity."
Notwithstanding this less than original narrative, Minghella's keen eye for detail enriches the film with a warm familiarity.
It's all gloss and glitter that, despite Fanning's incredible talents, never really shines.
Taken all together, the music video portions of the film - outstanding on their own - are dragged down by the story to create something that's fun to watch on a Saturday afternoon, but ultimately, Teen Spirit is not all that insightful.
Elle Fanning shines in Teen Spirit, a stylized exploration of the music industry. [Full review in Spanish]
Pity about Teen Spirit, since it opens so well.
Led by a standout performance from Elle Fanning as a musical sensation, Teen Spirit is a crowd-pleasing directorial debut forMax Minghella.
Teen Spirit is a celebration of candid energy and the cookie-cutter charm of a very specific dream-making machine.
Fanning is engaging - I'm low-key annoyed that on top of everything else, she can also sing - but the scene stealer here is Zlatko Buric, as the drunken fan who becomes her (surprisingly effective) manager.
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