Teen Spirit (2018 film)

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Teen Spirit
Teen Spirit (2018 poster).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMax Minghella
Produced byFred Berger
Written byMax Minghella
Music byMarius de Vries
CinematographyAutumn Durald
Edited byCam McLauchlin
  • Automatik Entertainment
  • Interscope Films
  • Blank Tape
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
  • English
  • Polish
  • Croatian
Box office$1.5 million[2][3]

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

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


Violet, a shy teenager living in a small village on the Isle of Wight, 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 71% based on 127 reviews, with an average rating of 6.21/10. 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 24 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]


Teen Spirit Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedApril 5, 2019
LabelInterscope Records
ProducerJack Antonoff, Matthew Wilder, Grimes, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Marius de Vries, Eldad Guetta, Lee McCutcheon, P&P Hartnoll
Singles from Teen Spirit Original Soundtrack
  1. "Wildflowers"
    Released: March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
  2. "Dancing on My Own"
    Released: April 18, 2019 (2019-04-18)

The Teen Spirit Original Soundtrack was released on April 5, 2019 by label Interscope Records, features tracks by Elle Fanning, No Doubt, Major Lazer, Grimes, Orbital and an original song written by Carly Rae Jepsen (Wildflowers). The soundtrack's first single "Wildflowers" was released on March 29, 2019 and music video was released on April 5, 2019.[18]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Grimes - "Genesis"
  2. Elle Fanning - "I Was a Fool"
  3. Marius de Vries & Eldad Guetta feat. Elle Fanning - "E.T."
  4. No Doubt - "Just a Girl"
  5. Elle Fanning - "Dancing on My Own"
  6. Elle Fanning - "Lights"
  7. Elle Fanning - "Little Bird"
  8. Major Lazer feat. & DJ Snake - "Lean On"
  9. Elle Fanning & Teen Spirit Finalists - Good Time"
  10. The Shades - "Teenage Kicks"
  11. Clara Rugaard - "Tattooed Heart"
  12. Elle Fanning - "Don't Kill My Vibe"
  13. Orbital feat Elle Fanning - "Halycon Teen Spirit"
  14. Elle Fanning - "Wildflowers"


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  6. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (July 11, 2017). "BFI Launches Indie Films Commission; 'Midsomer Murders' Scores Key Renewals; Max Minghella's 'Teen Spirit' Adds Cast – Global Briefs". Deadline Hollywood.
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  8. ^ Kay, Jeremy (August 14, 2018). "Toronto unveils Contemporary World Cinema, more Galas and Special Presentations". Screen International. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
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  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 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "Teen Spirit reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  17. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (April 11, 2019). "'Teen Spirit' Review: Elle Fanning Can Sing. Who Knew?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  18. ^ Bonnie Stiernberg (March 29, 2019). "Elle Fanning Sings 'Wildflowers' From 'Teen Spirit' Soundtrack: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2019.

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