Teen Spirit


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.


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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