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Going the Distance Looks to an Outdated Romantic Comedy Formulanew

I'll have what they're having.
Charleston City Paper  |  Scott Renshaw  |  09-07-2010  |  Reviews

'American Teen': High School Confidentialnew

American Teen is fascinating, stunning and terrifying, all at once.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  09-04-2008  |  Reviews

'American Teen' Documents High School's 'Total Caste System' and Morenew

Documentarian Nanette Burstein spent an entire school year at the only high school in tiny Warsaw, Ind., where there is no escape from the pressure cooker of adolescence or from conservative small-town conformity.
Charleston City Paper  |  Maryann Johanson  |  09-03-2008  |  Reviews

Reality Bites the Hand That Feeds It in 'American Teen'new

A princess, jock, rebel, heartthrob, and geek: It could be The Breakfast Club, but American Teen is instead a documentary that ducks the consequences of its own making.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marjorie Baumgarten  |  08-08-2008  |  Reviews

'American Teen': Kids Todaynew

Nanette Burstein's documentary can't face the reality.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  David Lee Simmons  |  08-06-2008  |  Reviews

'American Teen': The YouTube Generation Gets the Movie It Deservesnew

Director Nanette Burstein is so intent here on making a nonfiction version of The Breakfast Club that she erases every trace of documentary convention for most of this pleasing but ultimately unconvincing film.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  08-04-2008  |  Reviews

'American Teen' Asks 'Do We Ever Grow Up?'new

Some of the things the kids do on camera are the kinds of things they'd never, ever do if they thought their parents were watching. And, some of the things they say on camera are the kinds of things they'd never, ever say to a parent's face. That's why adults would get more out of this film than teenagers.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  MaryAnn Johanson  |  07-29-2008  |  Reviews

Young-Adult Fiction: 'American Teen'new

High school heroes and zeros roam the halls of alleged documentary.
L.A. Weekly  |  Ella Taylor  |  07-25-2008  |  Reviews

Nanette Burstein Pretends to Document Our Country's Soul in 'American Teen'new

Not exactly a humanist document, American Teen actually belongs to the Disaster Movie genre. It gathers a mixed group of high school students in their senior year—a preppie, a jock, a nerd, a princess (The Breakfast Club cliches)--and leers at their hostility to each other.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  07-24-2008  |  Reviews

Constructing 'American Teen' with Nanette Bursteinnew

American Teen debuted at Sundance 2008, and some viewers begrudged the sale of Nanette Burstein's eminently entertaining, beautifully constructed snapshot of the lives of several teenagers across a senior year at a Warsaw, Indiana high school.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  07-23-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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