Fast Times At Ridgemont High Reviews

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Top Critic
Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News
August 12, 2015
What it doesn't have is a clear point of view, something that would make it of more interest than leafing through a high school yearbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
January 14, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is a remarkable outlier in the teen movie genre even if tone-deaf critics such as Roger Ebert panned the film upon its released in 1982.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 5, 2013
I'll take something like The Breakfast Club or many of John Hughes films over Crowe's characters any day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
Fast Times is a brilliant, funny and often challenging examination of teenage life in the early 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Teen movie is full of sex, drugs, and misbehavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 21, 2010
A cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 13, 2009
Director Amy Heckerling has failed to provide the raunch or poignancy that would interest young moviegoers, all of whom have seen American Graffiti and its 467 imitators. Ridgemont High? A nice place to visit, but who would want to transfer there?
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James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
Fast Times will always be remembered for one thing: showing respect for and insight into the members of its core audience, something that was as rare in the 1980s as it is today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2007
Great fun if not quite the great teen pic some believe it to be.
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2007
The nice thing is that Crowe and director Amy Heckerling have provided something pleasant to observe in all of these characters though they really are sadly lacking in anything gripping.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2007
A brashly funny yet sensitive comedy that has become a cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
Was never all it was cracked up to be.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Director Amy Heckerling almost encourages the film's shapelessness, letting the individual moments speak for themselves, rather than molding a cohesive whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lacks the frenzied energy which allowed Porky's to beat all competitors in its field.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
[Penn] sets the tone of fun for the whole movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2005
This R-rated comedy captured the natural humor of high school life, while also addressing serious topics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin A. Ranson
June 13, 2005
Sean Penn's calling never left Mr. Hand's classroom.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
May 28, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
The great high-school comedy that spawned a thousand rip-offs.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 4, 2005
The comedy captured the brutal realism of post-sexual-revolution high school life and has been imitated often, rarely equaled, and surpassed only once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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