Teen Spirit

2018

Teen Spirit (2018)

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Violet is a 17-year-old living in England's rural Isle of Wight and working to help her Polish immigrant single mother. She wants to audition for a singing competition show called Teen Spirit, but her mother refuses to sign the permission forms. She then recruits a local drunk who happens to be a former professional opera singer to pose as her manager as well as coach her. As she advances in the competition, she struggles to stay true to herself.

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Critic Reviews for Teen Spirit

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

This making-of-a-star drama is old-fashioned and corny, and not in a good way.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 9, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Knows how to add gloss without losing emotion.

Sep 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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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."

Sep 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 8, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Elle Fanning shines in Teen Spirit, a stylized exploration of the music industry. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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