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Matt Wolf

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About the Movie

Teenagers didn’t always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn’t matter – this was a new idea of how people come of age. They were all “Teenagers.”


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 63
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It settles for interesting when it might have been insightful. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Mar 14, 2014

Fresh: Director Matt Wolf uses startling archival footage to capture the rise of pre-Elvis youth culture as the defining surge of the 20th century. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 21, 2014

Fresh: A feat of both editing and blurring-of-the-edges nonfiction technique. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Feb 11, 2014

Fresh: As Wolf traces youth culture from 1904 through the atomic blasts ending World War II - from factory drudges to sacrificed soldiers - he gives form to a ghost in the machine of the modern nation. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Mar 20, 2014

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