• 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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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

Fast Times is a brilliant, funny and often challenging examination of teenage life in the early 1980s.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

January 29, 2012
Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media

Teen movie is full of sex, drugs, and misbehavior.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A cult classic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

March 21, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

June 10, 2008

Film4

Great fun if not quite the great teen pic some believe it to be.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 7, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A brashly funny yet sensitive comedy that has become a cult favorite.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2007
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Director Amy Heckerling almost encourages the film's shapelessness, letting the individual moments speak for themselves, rather than molding a cohesive whole.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

[Penn] sets the tone of fun for the whole movie.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005

Bullz-Eye.com

This R-rated comedy captured the natural humor of high school life, while also addressing serious topics.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 5, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 2, 2005
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com

Sean Penn's calling never left Mr. Hand's classroom.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 13, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2005
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

The great high-school comedy that spawned a thousand rip-offs.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

April 3, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

March 4, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 3/5

February 25, 2005
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
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2004
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