• 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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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-
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
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.

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
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

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
July 2, 2005

| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin A. Ranson
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
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
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
Sarah Chauncey
June 4, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
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