First Comes Love Reviews

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Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
January 30, 2014
Davenport's diary film effectively mines the issues when facing such monumental decisions for the first hour. Then comes the baby, and the film loses direction. Davenport stops being a filmmaker and becomes a parent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
November 19, 2013
There are some fascinating insights, particularly as her infant son makes her re-examine her childhood...but "First Comes Love" also suffers from being self-obsessed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 14, 2013
First Comes Love is, before anything else, a portrait of a longing so deep that even the commandingly articulate Davenport struggles to put it into words.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 26, 2013
Davenport makes desultory attempts to bring in other mothers, but she is not an interviewer adept at drawing out scintillating observations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 25, 2013
There are many glimmers of truth - as well as what can best be described as accidental insight - in Nina Davenport's painful but beautiful documentary about becoming a parent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
July 25, 2013
But the family drama that simmers beneath is really what intrigues: the questionable quality of her parents' marriage and the disturbing truths that hint at her father's harsh, unloving behavior towards her.
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
July 24, 2013
Nina Davenport doesn't seem interested in taming her unwieldy vanity, and thus her documentary reads as a Match.com profile recontextualized as cinema narcissismo.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 24, 2013
This midlife confessional could have reached beyond the maternal cravings of highly educated, urban-dwelling singletons had it plumbed people's heads as thoroughly as Ms. Davenport's birth canal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 23, 2013
By the end, this HBO presentation feels like one of those uncomfortable evenings where you visit a friend, and they bore you to death with images of their ultrasound.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
July 23, 2013
[Approaches] a hot-button issue from the most suffocatingly narcissistic perspective imaginable ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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