• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Amy Heckerling
    In Theaters:
    Aug 13, 1982 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 2, 2004
  • Universal Pictures

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High Reviews

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Pretty dated now, but it's early Penn.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

a high school comedy gem

| Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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A jumbled but appealing teen-age comedy with something of a fresh perspective on the subject.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Fast Times at Ridgemont High explores adolescent energy with elan.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

February 4, 2004
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

An engaging 80s time capsule and an important early film for Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 28, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

Fast Times has not endured the passage of time.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 7, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

It's among the coolest high school films I've ever seen, and it's one of the most representative movies of the 80s.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

Fast Times at Ridgemont High has really stood the test of time. Ridgemont will still have you reeling with laughter, and tapping your feet along to those eclectic pop classics.

June 20, 2002
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

May be the greatest teen movie ever made.

April 18, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...largely prosaic, crude, stereotyped, and pointless.

| Original Score: 5/10

April 8, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Penn has a huge presence in the film, and every whacked line he utters resonates with the sheer hilarity that he fully believes in what he says

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 27, 2001
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The panoply of teen types and turmoils is dead-on accurate.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

The movie is sublimely funny. And interesting.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Works well because we have the sense that, like Crowe, we are listening in.

Full Review

January 1, 2000
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine

What plot there is garnishes itself with an array of such like-minded sensibilities that you'd be hard pushed to find much in the way of fault.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 2, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 3/5

February 25, 2005
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2004
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