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

Fast Times At Ridgemont High Reviews

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004

Pretty dated now, but it's early Penn.

| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004

a high school comedy gem

| Original Score: 4/5
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
August 30, 2004

A jumbled but appealing teen-age comedy with something of a fresh perspective on the subject.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 4, 2004

Fast Times at Ridgemont High explores adolescent energy with elan.

Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 28, 2003

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

| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002

Fast Times has not endured the passage of time.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Clint Morris
Moviehole
June 20, 2002

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.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 18, 2002

May be the greatest teen movie ever made.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001

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

| Original Score: 5/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000

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

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000

The movie is sublimely funny. And interesting.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000

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

Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000

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.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 8, 2006

| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 2, 2005

| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2005

| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 25, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
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