“A shockingly forthright blast of thwarted hormones. A funny, bittersweet reminder of what it's like to be young, horny and perpetually frustrated. Alma is a great character, tough, resourceful and funny, and first-time actor Bergsholm projects an active, restless mind as well as a libido. She carries the movie with a winning combination of resilience, unaffected sexiness and gawky comic timing.”
—Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene
"The best film about teenagers since Gerardo Naranjo’s I’m Gonna Explode—
Smart and short and sweet as can be."
—Michael Atkinson, Time Out Chicago
"An engaging coming-of-age comedy that
gets to the essence of adolescent sexuality with
a deadpan style that
brings to mind the films of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki.
star-making performance from Bergsholm."
—Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Humorously hammers home some often-ignored truths about the effects
of raging hormones on teen girls."
— Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune
“The 1980s were particularly rife with movies about sex and the teenage boy. Porky’s, Zapped,
My Tutor, Mischief — they were everywhere. Now Norway introduces us to a
worthy female counterpart, Turn Me On, Dammit! It treads the same ground, only better,
employing frank sexual themes and a healthy dose of razor-sharp comedy. Running less than 80 minutes long, Turn Me On, Dammit! gets plenty of mileage out of a deeply acerbic sense of humor,
and Bergsholm is terrific as a kind of Nordic cross between Taylor Swift and Juno.”
—Colin Boyd, Tucson Weekly
"There's something wonderfully fresh — almost subversive, really — about a film in which
teenage girls speak about sex and obsess over it and crave it as openly as boys.
In time-honored John Hughes manner, the movie ends on a happy, reassuring note.
But for a genre dominated by American movies in which girls are usually prizes or objects of lust,
‘Turn Me On, Dammit!’ practically feels revolutionary.”
—Rene Rodriguez, The Denver Post
“A rarity: a comedy about a teenage girl's budding sexuality, treated with wit and kindness.”
—Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
“SENSATIONAL! AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY!
Throws the viewer straight into the world of frustrated adolescent lust.
A charming, unexpected comedy about growing up and awakening sexuality.
Bergsholm’s… unaffected performance is one of the film’s many pleasures.”
—Homa Khaleeli, Nylon
—Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Super Cool! If you love Easy A and Napoleon Dynamite, are kind of a little quirky yourself, and love funny, strong girl characters you have to check out this movie I just watched: Turn Me On, Dammit! I honestly had no idea I would fall in love with this strange, little film from Norway."
—Emerald Pellot, GURL
“An honest, raw, multidimensional portrayal of a 15-year-old girl’s sexual complexity. It’s hard to think of examples of such clear-eyed adolescent female desire in Hollywood. Adolescent sexuality as seen through Hollywood’s lens is often so goofy and anxiety-ridden that it comes off a caricature. While there are other subjects under examination in Turn Me On, Dammit!—loneliness, boredom, existential impatience—Alma’s libido is unapologetic. It’s hungry, a little bit awkward, and entirely realistic. Her erotic urges are not a manifestation for something hidden or faulty about her character. Alma's just horny. The story of Alma, at its core, is one of a sexually confident adolescent facing a world that feels awkward about adolescent female sexuality.”
—Emma Pearse, Slate
"Jacobsen’s frank, funny but nonexploitative approach to teen libido has the feel of honest
memoir, a look back at those years that recognizes, with the benefit of distance, that there’s plenty
of humor to be found in even the most arduous of growing pains.”
—Ian Buckwalter, NPR
“Charming. The credence it gives to a young female’s sexuality is definitely refreshing.”
—Miranda Siegel, New York Magazine
“Pulls no punches. Alma is a charming heroine, and one likely to be discovered and
cherished by girls who so rarely see relatable role models on screen. Parents should
be aware that this film takes a much more blunt approach to teen sexuality than the
average American movie—but it’s so much sweeter, too.”
—Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News
“ Funny, embarrassing and poignant without ever seeming leering or exploitative.
The way salty-sweet comedy Turn Me On, Dammit! treats the hormone-addled turmoil of its 15-year-old heroine Alma (Helene Bergsholm) feels something close to revolutionary.
I don't want to overburden this mild-mannered 76-minute Norwegian debut, but it's true.”
—Alison Willmore, Movieline
“Enormously entertaining. Both sexy and wholesome… Turn Me On, Dammit!,… is that rare thing,
a movie that says shame on sexual shame and double shame on the double standard.
Bergsholm's poker-faced performance creates the effect that we are
watching the misadventures of an actual teenager."
—Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Charming. A disarmingly earnest film about teenage sexuality. Whereas 'American Pie' and
its studio-produced kin went for raunchy laughs, 'Turn Me On, Dammit!' goes one step further
in dealing with a teenage sex drive: it takes it seriously. Peppered with inventive fantasy sequences that have slight tinges of 'Belle de Jour,' with Buñuel's surrealist edge replaced by playful, youthful exuberance. The brazen honesty of Turn Me On, Dammit! sets it apart as a refreshingly confident film, giving the teenage sex comedy a much warranted human dimension.”
—Daniel Loria, L Magazine
“A breakthrough! A charming, wistful tale. You’ve never seen a teen coming-of-age film
like ‘Turn Me On, Dammit!’ Find it and see it.”
—Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"B+. (This) gentle, emotionally honest narrative feature debut of
writer-director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen follows horny teen Alma (Helene
Bergsholm, in a believably understated breakout performance) as she
explores her sexual curiosity, falls into an embarrassing situation with
her peers and copes with becoming a pariah, all while dreaming of a
better life. Jacobsen conveys this
situation with a delicate touch and whimsical stylistic flourishes."
—Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Sexy, sardonic… lovely as well as honest. TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! will likely find the most
favor for its frank portrayal of adolescent eroticism, female division, which seldom gets
portrayed onscreen at all, much less at this affectionately candid level.”
—John Anderson, Variety
“At turns hilarious and poignant, this small town tale of slut shaming had a
dynamite cast of deadpan young actresses, and a take on pubescent horniness
that left viewers giggling right through the credits.”
—Emily Rems, Bust
“Fundamentally a wry, affectionate small-town movie, but one that sneaks up on
a genuine feminist issue. Boys Alma’s age are expected to be sex-obsessed, but a girl
who yearns for action is relentlessly stigmatized, even in the context of a supposedly nurturing
and tolerant social democracy. Alma escapes (very briefly) to the bohemian freedom of the
big city and scores a modest victory against repression and hypocrisy, but it’s one female
libertines everywhere (and their companions) can embrace.”
—Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
"The Girl’s Coming of Age Movie that Hollywood Would Never Make. Totally hilarious."
—Doug Barry, Jezebel
"A new, offbeat Norwegian sex comedy (that) deals with adolescent female sexuality
in a way you rarely see on film. The film is refreshing in that it features an
empowered female protagonist who stays true to herself."
—Jeff Mills, Nerve
"A Norwegian coming-of-age story about a teenage girl cast out of her social circle and into an isolated hell in her small mountain town. Quirky and cute, it captures the yearning and desperation of being a teenager while not taking itself too seriously. Unlike most American teen-movies."
— Jordan Zakarin, The Huffington Post