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Teen Spirit is a 2019 American-British musical drama serving as the directorial debut of Max Minghella. The film stars Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, and Zlatko Burić.

It was released on April 12, 2019 by Bleecker Street and LD Entertainment.

Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:41 am
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This is excellent. Incredibly entertaining and touching. A really confident debut from Max Minghella. A-

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Elle Fanning's natural effervescence serves it well, and it has a nice selection of electronic-leaning and female-sung pop songs from the last decade (Grimes, Robyn, Sigrid, etc.), but this film in general...I don't know. A strong wind could blow it away. I expected its portrayal of an aspiring pop singer and her entrance into the world of televised singing competitions to have at least a bit of bite, cynicism, and/or humor, but this is more a feature-length version of get-to-know-the-contestant segment on The X Factor or Pop Idol/American Idol. (This film would have felt more at home being released at the height of those programs' popularity in roughly 2003 or 2004, perhaps starring Amanda Bynes or Mandy Moore.)

I did not mind watching it for 90 minutes, but I also did not believe a single syrupy second of it as it hit every expected note, including Rebecca Hall's supporting role as a transparently avaricious and oily entertainment executive who comes bearing a, shiver, record contract. It is too rushed, tidy, and blandly primed for maximum crowd-pleasing uplift.


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Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:21 pm
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Yeah, this was pretty derivative. Elle Fanning is good but her performance as a stage performer and vocalist.... eh, which I feel was needed to make the movie pop. Other than the relationship between her and the former opera singer everything else is very bland.

Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:52 pm
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I certainly enjoyed it but was a bit disappointed too. It's well-shot and the music is good. Elle is good too but her character isn't the most likable. It's a case of a movie where you're basically just rooting for her because she's the protagonist and you're supposed to. The last musical performance was really good.

Overall it's a solid flick but I expected more.



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