Teen Movie Reviews

See what our teens are watching and recommending this summer!
  • Reviewer: T

  • Grade: 10th

  • 5 stars!

  • Summary: Barry the bee does not want the same job for the rest of his life. He knows that he is safe in his hive, but wants to experience the outside. Upon going to the outside world he realizes that the humans have been stealing and taking away the bees hard earned honey, and wants justice for it.

  • Review: I feel this movie is amazing, and really shows a great message for children. It helps show children that if something is not going your way, step up and try to fix it. It lets kids follow the adventure of Barry, and how he gets justice.  
  • Reviewer: SW
  • Grade: 11th
  • 4 stars
  • Summary: Senior Samantha Kingston seems to have the perfect life: a group of amazing friends, a perfect boyfriend, a loving family, and a really bright future. However, her entire world is tossed upside down when she dies in a car accident and is forced to relive the same day over and over again. After re-living this tragic day over and over again, Sam must learn from all the mistakes she has made in her life and learn to harness the power and difference that one day can make in someone’s life. But will she fix everything before it is too late?
  • Review: I found this movie to be very interesting and moving because it shows how even the smallest of actions can have severe consequences. I liked the movie because it started out very interesting right from the beginning, and they make Samantha’s whole life seem fairly realistic. I found that it got a little boring in the middle because it seemed like the same scenes kept repeating, but there were some very unexpected turns throughout the movie. Overall, I would give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars. If you like this movie, there is also a book called Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. 
  • Reviewer: Zoe

  • Grade: 10th

  • 5 stars!

  • Summary: This was filmed in the French Alps and illustrates the adventures of a French boy named Sebastian during the German occupation of World War II. Sebastian befriends a stray Great Pyrenees dog he names Belle and protects her when her life is threatened. The bond between Belle and Sebastian is tested by Nazis and the elements, but it proves strong. 

  • Review: This cinematically beautiful story captures the heartwarming relationship between boy and dog on a stunning landscape. It’s a perfect family movie and can be found on Netflix with dubbing or subtitles.  
  • Reviewer: T

  • Grade: 10th

  • 4 stars

  • Summary: A superstar, canine, Bolt, is well known on screens for his superpowers, but when the camera is not rolling he does not realize that they are fake. After getting lost on the streets of New York, he feels like he needs to go and save his owner, Penny, with the help of his friends, a cat and a hamster. Will he make it? 
  • Review: I personally felt that the movie was really good. I like that you get to go on this adventure with Bolt and his team. It also helps give the message that you can be anything that you want to be with a little hard work. 
  • Reviewer: T

  • Grade: 10th

  • 5 stars!

  • Summary: It is about a boy that does not have much name, Charlie, who gets a golden ticket in his chocolate bar. Getting the golden ticket was a special item because it meant that you got to tour the world’s famous Willy Wonka Factory. When arriving at the factory, Charlie meets Willy Wonka, and all the other kids that got the ticket. Once he enters he encounters many crazy things, and the real reason for the golden ticket.

  • Review: I personally felt that the movie was really good and perfect for friends and family night. I liked that the movie is classic, and can make any kid laugh. I feel that it gives people a sense of joy and excitement to see what will happen to Charlie and the other kids. 
  • Reviewer: R.K.
  • Grade: 11th
  • 4 stars
  • Summary: Elysium is a place flying above the Earth’s orbit which is a home of the elite, rich class. This leaves the Earth overpopulated and disease infested. Max is a man on Earth and only has a little time to live. Elysium has technology to cure any disease, so Max puts all his will in getting there.
  • Review: I like the movie as the story was unique and makes me wonder about the future. I would recommend this movie to any Sci-Fi fans.  
  • Reviewer: Varun
  • Grade: 8th
  • 4.5 stars
  • Though the book is part of a series, the movie is not. 
  • Summary: The movie Ender’s Game is a sci-fi movie following Ender Wiggins, an adept tactician, goes to Battle School to train to become a fleet commander. Ender needs to be capable of fighting off the Formics, which is an advanced intelligent bug-like species feared to attain enough military power to wipe out the humans. How far should one take precautionary measures for survival? Is the extinction of a side in war ever justified? Could a child burden these psychological pressures presented in war? These questions develop and are answered throughout the movie.  
  • Review: Ender’s Game is a fascinating adaptation. I recommend this movie to those who ponder upon them because it has many subtle details that can completely turn your interpretation of plot-defining events. Still, you do not have to enjoy it. It lacked a major sub-plot the book had, but the movie compensated with its subtlety and stunning visuals. The visual effects were vivid and beautiful. Unlike most sci-fi movies, they had a distinct, observable pattern that depicted Ender’s strategy. Though the overall character development was meager, the characters themselves were interesting and heavily contributed to the overlying themes. This movie was intriguing enough to think back upon some days after watching it. Still, it lacks a five-star worthy narrative because Ender did not go through enough character development, so I rate it a 4.5.
  • Reviewer: HT
  • Grade: 9th
  • 5 stars! 
  • Summary: I watched the movie Frozen 2. It is a sequel to the first Frozen movie. The first Frozen movie was about two princess sisters who need to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip. The second movie is a thrilling tale about Elsa, a princess with magical ice powers, hears mysterious voices calling out to her. Elsa, Ana, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven go on a thrilling tale to solve the mystery of the voices calling for Elsa. 
  • Review: I enjoyed the movie because it was funny, entertaining, and thrilling. I liked the additional characters and the love story! It really added to the movie in a good way. The movie made me feel very happy because the ending was happy and not a sad one. I would recommend this movie to anyone because any age group could enjoy this movie.
  • Reviewer: D.R.
  • Grade: 11th
  • 5 stars!
  • Summary: The movie focuses on three African American women who are working for NASA but are constantly experiencing racial barriers that prevent them from advancing and receiving equal treatment as other workers. Katherine Johnson, one of the “human computers,” has to travel ½ of a mile to use the restroom and does not have access to a functional coffee machine because segregation still exists in the early 1960s. Dorothy Vaughan has the workload of a supervisor, but NASA refuses to present her with the title of supervisor. Mary Jackson would like to become an engineer at NASA but is not allowed to attend courses at an all-white high school. Together, the three women have to navigate discrimination in an era before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while also working to help launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit and prove that the U.S. still has a chance in the Space Race.

     

  • Review: During the movie, I was exposed to the discrimination and racism that was present in the 1960s. One aspect of the movie that I enjoyed was the extraordinary performance of Jim Parsons as NASA employee Paul Stafford which resulted in me hating not only the character but also the actor. His snarky comments toward Katherine were brief but they proved their point: an African American was not welcomed at NASA no matter how smart they were. I learned more about the treatment received by African Americans in an institute with such prestige as NASA and how discrimination still exists to this day, showing how gradual progress can be. Even though this movie was created three years ago, its significance now is more important than ever due to recent events. Viewers will be moved by one of Katherine’s outbursts later in the movie that effectively summarizes the issues that plagued the U.S. in the 1960s. I would recommend this movie to people interested in seeing the advancements that occurred at NASA before they were legally required to eliminate mediums of discrimination. 
  • Reviewer: T

  • Grade: 10th

  • 5 Stars

  • Summary: A bratty kid named Kevin McCallister who acts out the day before his family winter vacation. As punishment he had to sleep in the basement. The next morning, as his parents were rushing to get ready to go they forgot about Kevin. He thought that his wish came true, and that he could do whatever he wanted. Little did he know that he was going to get robbed by my two con artist, so he decided to get them back.  

  • Review: I personally felt that the movie was really good and perfect for friends and family night. I liked that the movie is classic, and can make any kid laugh. It also helps show kids not to upset their parents the night before a trip. 
  • Reviewer: Aditya

  • Grade: 8th 

  • 5 stars!

  • Summary: This movie is about a heavily bullied boy “Daniel”. He makes his way on a quest to learn the way of karate and be able to defend him self and do good in tournaments. He has an awesome instructor named Mr. Miyagi who helps him the whole way. 

  • Review: I personally loved this movie and would recommend it to any age children who are looking for a movie to get their attention. 
  • Reviewer: Varun
  • Grade: 8th
  • 3 stars
  • Summary: The Mandela Effect was a movie that explored the possibility of being in a simulation provoked by a phenomenon coined, “The Mandela Effect,” where a mass of people misremember events and images. For instance, many people remember Mr. Monopoly to have a monocle. However, Mr. Monopoly did not have a monocle or the phrase, “Luke, I am your father,”  Darth Vader saying, “No, I am your father.” Game designer Brendan was mourning over his recently deceased daughter Sam. Still, while ravaging through Sam’s former belongings, he stumbled upon an example of the Mandela Effect, and he proceeded to notice more instances of it throughout his house. He eventually discovers that others saw similar occurrences and questions whether or not the world is a simulation. 
  • Review: This movie was decent, but many scenes were shallow. It wasted precious time questioning Brendan’s sanity. Though I agree that that could have been an essential part of the movie, those moments had little depth. There were more or fewer transitions for another scene where Brendan discovered something else related to the Mandela Effect. Thankfully, this movie did not become fantasy-oriented. Its visuals were compelling. It well explained some of the logic and science behind simulations and what it has to do with the Mandela Effect. Still, many of its scenes were bland to the point of being filler-worthy. Overall, though the movie did fail when addressing its emotional aspect, it excelled in exploring the Mandela Effect theory. The positives did outweigh the negatives for me since my curiosity was piqued throughout my viewing. The Mandela Effect was not a bad movie, and its concept was unique, but it had some gaping flaws, so I rate it a 3. 
  • Reviewer: R.K.
  • Grade: 11th
  • 5 stars
  • Summary: In the future, police can predict when and where a murder will happen before it is committed. One of the cops, John, has never recovered from his son being kidnapped. One day he foresees himself committing the murder of a man he has never seen before. John is now on the run because he is a wanted criminal. 
  • Review: I think it is one of the best movies I have ever watched. I would recommend this movie to anyone who even slightly likes the action or adventure genre. 
  • Reviewer: HT
  • Grade: 9th
  • 5 stars!

  • Summary: I watched the movie Moana and I loved it. Moana is a Hawaiian girl who lives on her island. She yearns for adventure outside of the island and wants to embrace her voyager roots. But, that is forbidden by the village and by her parents. Moana has felt this way since she was a child. Moana ends up rebelling and taking a dangerous trip and with the help of Maui and his hook she can have a safe trip! The movie is truly thrilling and exciting.

  • Review: I enjoyed this movie and thought it was amazing. I loved the soundtrack too. The movie has many catchy songs. I liked the music and the unique characters. The supporting characters really added to the movie in a positive way! This movie made me laugh so it made me feel very happy. I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves a tale about adventure plus great music!
  • Reviewer: HT
  • Grade: 9th
  • 5 stars!
  • Summary: I watched the movie Mulan and I have to say it is one of my favorite Disney Movies! The movie is about a woman named Mulan who disappoints her parents because she messed up her matchmaker “audition”. So, she goes to war dressed up as a man to “impress” her father. This was a big no no at the time because women were not allowed to fight in that time period! Mulan’s secret is uncovered however and she ends up finding love throughout the movie!
  • Review: I thought this movie was very entertaining and very enjoyable to watch. I liked the plotline and I enjoyed the characters and how funny they were! Plus, the soundtrack is amazing, as well. The movie made me feel powerful and happy. I loved this movie so much I watched the sequel right after I saw the first movie! I would recommend this movie to everyone! It is an amazing movie!
  • Reviewer: Simone Sergio
  • Grade: 12th
  • 5 stars!

  • Summary: The teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley find themselves on a magical quest in hopes to spend one more day with their late father. Though like most great adventures, their journey will lead them to puzzling maps, unimaginable obstacles and mind boggling discoveries. But when Mom discovers her sons have gone missing, she must team up with the legendary manticore to bring her boys back home.

  • Review: I liked that this movie was great for the whole family to enjoy. There was nothing in particularly that I could really dislike about the movie. The movie had tear jerker moments and many funny moments as well. This is a great movie for anyone to watch, especially Disney fans.
  • Reviewer: Varun
  • Grade: 8th
  • 4 stars
  • Summary: Sonic the Hedgehog is based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. It follows Sonic, a blue, alien, and humanoid hedgehog, who ran away from his home planet to Earth after being chased down. He accidentally meets Tom Wachowski, a police officer. In a panic, Sonic tries to escape by using his teleportation rings. Instead, he drops his bag of rings, which sends him to San Francisco. Sonic accidentally causes a power outage on the Pacific coast, prompting the Pentagon to send Dr. Robotnik to investigate. However, Dr. Robotnik wants to capture him. Tom travels to San Francisco with Sonic to help Sonic safely escape with his rings.
  • Review: This movie was an entertaining video game adaptation. Arguably the most notable aspect of it was Jim Carrey’s role as Dr. Robotnik. Because of Dr. Robotnik’s wacky personality, Jim Carrey performed outstandingly and delivered his style of humor perfectly. Tom’s sense of morality was developed well throughout the movie, too. Sonic’s explorative nature propelled the movie’s plot and created a gripping bond between Tom and him. Though this movie was collectively great, there were scarcely any exceptional segments aside from Dr. Robotnik’s character, which is why I rate this a 4.
  • Reviewer: Arna
  • Grade: 9th
  • 2.5 stars
  • Summary: Somehow, Palpatine has returned. Yes, I’m talking about the most feared man in the Star Wars Universe. Kylo Ren, a power-hungry Sith, is almost fully brainwashed by his new master. As soon as the Resistance finds out Ren’s master, Palpatine, they send Rey, Finn, and Poe to conduct a mission to finish Palpatine and his newly organized Final Order. Kylo, on the other hand, is having mixed feelings about his actions; his brain tells him to continue his quest for power while his heart knows that he’s doing the wrong thing. Does he stay on the path of the dark side and finish all hopes of the Resistance or does he leave little hope for the Resistance by doing what his heart tells him to do

  • Review: I personally disliked the movie. I didn’t like how the filmmakers suddenly changed their view on Rey’s past. I also disliked how Poe and Finn were regarded with little importance in comparison to the previous two movies. I did like how the movie had a ‘go with your gut’ feeling and had a constant theme of hope. I would recommend this movie to people who like extreme plot twists all throughout the movie. 

  • Reviewer: D.R.

  • Grade: 11th

  • Part of a series?: Yes
  • 5 stars!

  • Summary: Thor: Ragnarok is the sequel to Thor: The Dark World. When Thor arrives at his home Asgard, he learns that his brother Loki has sent their father Odin to a nursing home in New York City. When they arrive, however, the nursing home has been demolished and Odin has relocated to Norway. Odin reveals to his children that he is dying, unleashing the wrath of a sister unknown to either Thor or Loki. She sends them to a planet across the universe and subsequently travels to Asgard and takes control of the nation, initiating a purge of civilians who refuse to acquiesce to her reign. Thor wakes up on the planet Sakaar where he is forced to battle the Collector’s Grand Champion and earn his freedom so that he can return to Asgard and defeat his sister. However, his path is blocked by the Grand Champion who turns out to be one of his allies from Earth.

  • Review: While the first two movies in the series were quite somber, Thor: Ragnarok had a new director who mixed enough humor into the movie to make up for the previous works. One aspect of the movie that I especially liked was that it weaved together plots from the Marvel comics and separate plots from the Cinematic Universe. Even though Thor is facing the possibility of the Asgardian population being eliminated, the small jokes and nuances made the movie that much more enjoyable. I was surprised with the director’s ability to expand upon the previous movies by giving the character of Odin, who is portrayed as impeccable, a flawed background that illustrates how power is gained through devious methods. It was also interesting to see how Thor, who customarily shows extravagant displays of power, acts whenever his primary weapon is destroyed and he is forced to resort to introspection and recognize that his power does not stem from his hammer, rather from within. I would recommend this movie to people who would like an equal balance of humor and action in a movie. Even though this is the third work in the series, I think the movie’s plot can still be followed by first-time viewers.
  • Reviewer: T

  • Grade: 10th

  • 4 stars

  • Summary: A girl who is bullied for being extremely tall, falls in love with a foreign exchange student. She ends up in a love triangle, and does not know who she likes better. She comes to terms with her height and insecurities, and relays that it does not define her, and realizes that she is more than that.   

  • Review: I personally feel that this movie gives off a good message. It is good for teens and kids to watch, so that they can understand that insecurities should not define you, but should make you feel proud.
  • Reviewer: T

  • Grade: 10th

  • 5 stars!

  • Summary: Usually snails are known for one thing, which is that they are slow, but not this snail. Turbo is a snail that loves racing, and wants to be a racer. He knows that his fellow snail colleagues make fun of him, but he wants to show them wrong. After getting into a freak-accident he magically gets fast superpowers. He then wants to show the top dogs his racing, and beat them. 

  • Review: I personally felt that the movie was really good and perfect for friends and family night. I liked that the movie can make any kid laugh. I feel that it gives people a sense of joy and excitement to see what will happen to Turbo. It also teaches a good lesson that you can break a stereotype with a little time and effort.  
  • Reviewer: T

  • Grade: 10th

  • 3.5 stars

  • Summary: When a world’s best soccer player comes back home to his hometown, and tries destroying the village to build a new sports stadium. Jake (a shy, but talented foosball player) and his friend Laura try to fight back, and bring back their village. 

  • Review: I personally felt that the movie was really good and perfect for friends and family night. I like that the movie helps show kids that if you want to make something right, go ahead and fight for it. It gives a really good message. 
  • Reviewer: HT
  • Grade: 9th
  • 4 stars
  • Summary: I watched the movie Up and it was heartfelt and happy at the same time. A elderly man named Carl Frederickson wants to put thousands of balloons on his house so it could fly and go to the South American wilderness. It was his wife’s dream, but sadly she passed and he wanted to do it in her memory. But, something goes wrong when a boy named Russel stays on Mr. Frederickson’s porch as his house is set a fly with balloons. 
  • Review: I loved this movie because it was heartwarming and sad. There were so many emotions! I laughed and cried. It is an amazing movie! In the end though, I was happy and there were no sad endings. I would recommend this story to anyone because the humor is for everyone and I think everyone would enjoy this movie.
  • Reviewer: T
  • Grade: 10th
  • 5 stars
  • Summary: It about a girl named Dorothy and her dog Toto, and how she was swept away in a tornado to a magical land, The Land of Oz. You get to see her and her other friends embark on a journey to get special items, such as getting back home.
  • Review: I personally felt that the movie was really good and perfect for friends and family night. I liked that the movie is classic, and can make any kid laugh. It is really cool to see the adventure, and the ups and downs Dorothy and friends encounter.