• Released
  • July 25, 2008
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 35 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
  • 366 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Four teenagers navigate through their senior year at an Indiana high school.

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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Shows how a documentary can be as moving and suspenseful as the best narrative feature.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The players are timelessly familiar in American Teen, too. But filmmaker Nanette Burstein tells their stories with a distinctly...
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The kids are real and their stories enthralling: When it comes to drama, there's nothing quite like high school.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
So authentic are the subjects, so raw their emotions.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Parents are another matter. Almost to a man and woman they lay expectations on their children that ignore who those children are.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Reality tv, welcome to the multiplex. If "The Hills" went back to high school and developed wit, perception and a conscience, it might play...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though it could work as effectively as a television vehicle, American Teen is revealing, funny and involving.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
For all of its access and exposure, American Teen seems skin-deep. It's well shot, with good production values and lots of cool music. But...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The kids here do come across as genuine people, struggling with issues everyone can understand.
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50

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The students all say and do more than they should in the filmmaker's presence, which certainly makes them watchable -- sort of a...
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Rated PG-13 | For some strong language, sexual material, some drinking and brief smoking-all involving teens
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Riveting documentary is bound to get kids talking.
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