Fast Times At Ridgemont High Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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-
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
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-
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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

Film4
August 7, 2007
Great fun if not quite the great teen pic some believe it to be.

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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 8, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
[Penn] sets the tone of fun for the whole movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Bullz-Eye.com
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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 2, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
June 13, 2005
Sean Penn's calling never left Mr. Hand's classroom.
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 25, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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
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