Teen Movie Reviews

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

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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. 
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.