"one of the best and most scarifying reports on American life to be seen on a theater screen. It's Seventeen that haunts the memory. It has the characters and the language—as well as the vitality and honesty— that are the material of the best fiction. Ferociously provocative."
–Vincent Canby, The New York Times
"Working with lightweight camera rigs they developed themselves, Jeff Kreines and Joel DeMott (who, despite the name, is female) approach the subjects of their documentary – working-class teenagers in Muncie, Indiana – man-to-man and woman-to-woman. The immediacy is refreshing, and shocking. As searing as it is rambunctious, this film brings out all the middle-class prejudices against the working class that American movies rarely confront."
–Michael Sragow, The New Yorker