Teen Spirit (2018)

Teen Spirit (2018)

Teen Spirit (2018)

Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon) is a shy teenager dreaming of pop stardom in actor Max Minghella's (The Handmaid's Tale) Cinderella-like feature debut.

"Seventeen-year-old Violet (Fanning) lives with her mother (Agnieszka Grochowska) on a small farm on the Isle of Wight. Her days are spent doing chores, waiting tables, and attending secondary school, where she keeps to herself. But in her free time - spent alone in her room, in the fields with her beloved horse, or at an under-attended open-mic night - Violet surrenders to song ... Vlad (Zlatko Buric), a once-celebrated opera singer, hears Violet and knows she's something special. He declares himself her manager and trainer, accompanying her as she tries out for a popular televised musical talent program called Teen Spirit." (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Teen Spirit (2018) / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

"Teen Spirit," Max Minghella's sweet and touching directing debut, is both proudly clichéd and refreshingly different.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"Teen Spirit" is somewhere between feeling abbreviated and wearing out its welcome.

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Vulture

Vulture

It's a star-is-born story that, like its protagonist, is an empty vessel: anonymous and devoid of soul perhaps in an effort to be a surface onto which anyone could project, yet dull enough that few will want to.

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Vulture

Vulture

It's a star-is-born story that, like its protagonist, is an empty vessel: anonymous and devoid of soul perhaps in an effort to be a surface onto which anyone could project, yet dull enough that few will want to.

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Variety

Variety

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."

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

Notwithstanding this less than original narrative, Minghella's keen eye for detail enriches the film with a warm familiarity.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Teen Spirit is a celebration of candid energy and the cookie-cutter charm of a very specific dream-making machine.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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