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Teen Spirit
Teen Spirit (2018 poster).png
Teaser poster
Directed byMax Minghella
Produced by
Written byMax Minghella
Music byMarius de Vries
CinematographyAutumn Durald
Edited byCam McLauchlin
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
  • April 12, 2019 (2019-04-12) (United States)
  • July 26, 2019 (2019-07-26) (United Kingdom)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Box office$533,220[2][3]

Teen Spirit is a 2018 musical drama film directed by Max Minghella (in his directorial debut). The film stars Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, and Zlatko Burić.

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018, and was released in the United States on April 12, 2019, by Bleecker Street and LD Entertainment, and is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2019, by Lionsgate.


Violet, a shy teenager living in a small European town, dreams of pop stardom as an escape from her dismal surroundings and shattered family life. With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent, and ambition.[4]



On January 30, 2017, it was revealed that actor Max Minghella would be making his directorial debut with Teen Spirit from a screenplay that he wrote. It was also revealed that the film would be launched to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin in the following month.[5] On February 10, 2017, it was announced that Elle Fanning would star in the film, which, at the time, was in pre-production and was being sold to international buyers at the European Film Market.[4] On July 11, 2017, it was announced that principal production for Teen Spirit had commenced in London, England with the rest of the cast confirmed as well.[6]

In September 2018, a teaser trailer was released, revealing Rebecca Hall as having joined the cast. Additionally, it was announced that the film would feature performances of and music written by Robyn, Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Tegan & Sara, Annie Lennox, Orbital, Alice Deejay, The Undertones, Major Lazer, Grimes, Whigfield, and Sigrid, and an original song "Wildflowers" written by Carly Rae Jepsen and produced by Jack Antonoff.[7]


Teen Spirit had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018.[8] Shortly after, Lionsgate and LD Entertainment acquired U.K and U.S, distribution rights respectively.[9][10] Bleecker Street will co-distribute the film with LD Entertainment.[11] It was released in the United States on April 12, 2019.[12] It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2019.[13]


Box office[edit]

After a week of playing in four theaters the film expanded to 696, and grossed $250,536 over the weekend.[14]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Teen Spirit holds an approval rating of 72% based on 102 reviews, with an average rating of 6.17/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Teen Spirit tells a story we know by heart, but writer-director Max Minghella's connection to the material and Elle Fanning's remarkable performance add an effective hook."[15] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[16]

Teen Spirit was selected as a Critic's Pick by The New York TImes. Jeannette Catsoulis writes "Max Minghella’s sweet and touching directing debut, is both proudly clichéd and refreshingly different." [17]


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  2. ^ "Teen Spirit (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Teen Spirit (2019)". The Numbers. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Lodderhose, Diana (10 February 2017). "Elle Fanning To Star In Max Minghella's Directorial Debut 'Teen Spirit' — Berlin".
  5. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (30 January 2017). "Max Minghella Teams With 'La La Land' Producer For Directorial Debut 'Teen Spirit' – Berlin".
  6. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (11 July 2017). "BFI Launches Indie Films Commission; 'Midsomer Murders' Scores Key Renewals; Max Minghella's 'Teen Spirit' Adds Cast – Global Briefs".
  7. ^ Hammond, Pete (5 September 2018). "'Teen Spirit' First-Look Clip: Toronto Movie About Aspiring Pop Star With Elle Fanning Like You Have Never Seen Her". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ Kay, Jeremy (August 14, 2018). "Toronto unveils Contemporary World Cinema, more Galas and Special Presentations". Screen International. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Grater, Tom (September 6, 2018). "Toronto-bound Elle Fanning music film 'Teen Spirit' sells out internationally (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Lang, Brent (September 8, 2018). "Toronto: 'Teen Spirit' With Elle Fanning Sells to Mickey Liddell". Variety. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (November 7, 2018). "Elle Fanning Music Drama 'Teen Spirit' to Open in Spring 2019". Variety. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  12. ^ Erbland, Kate (December 20, 2018). "The 22 Best Films of 2019 We've Already Seen". IndieWire. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Teen Spirit". Launching Films. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  14. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (April 21, 2019). "Lowest Easter Weekend At The B.O. Since 2005 Despite $26M Purse Of 'La Llorona' – Saturday AM Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  15. ^ "Teen Spirit (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  16. ^ "Teen Spirit reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  17. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (2019-04-11). "'Teen Spirit' Review: Elle Fanning Can Sing. Who Knew?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-16.

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