First Descent (2005)



Critic Consensus: This snowboarding doc scores with its dazzling array of snowboarding stunts and beautiful scenery, but loses points with shameless product placement and an overlong runtime.

Movie Info

When snowboarding first rose to popularity in the 1980s, many people didn't know what to make of it -- taking the thrashed-out style of skateboarding and moving it to the ski slopes, snowboarding was hardly welcomed by the old-school winter sports establishment who regarded 'boarders as punks and misfits. But as more people took up the sport and the extreme sports community developed a following that couldn't be ignored, a grudging acceptance of the sport (and the skills of the best board … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and a momentary drug reference)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Sports & Fitness
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Kevin Harrison
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On DVD: Feb 21, 2006
Box Office: $0.7M
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Critic Reviews for First Descent

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (27)

First Descent comes off as an overlong, overstuffed promo for an 'industry' that hasn't needed promoting since the movie's target audience was in diapers.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

They're amazing athletes.

Full Review… | December 5, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

An adequate if slightly overlong history of the sport, Descent adheres to the same storytelling trajectory as documentary predecessors on surfing and skateboarding.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
USA Today
Top Critic

It doesn't get gnarlier than this.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

At almost two hours, First Descent still moves along briskly, offering something for everyone, including the skeptical crowd that still thinks all snowboarders smoke pot and listen to Black Flag.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An overlong and surprisingly dull documentary about snowboarding.

December 2, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for First Descent

If you are in to any board sports you'll like this documentary. Gives a good look on the history of snowboarding and the effects the new generation of riders will have on the sport's future. Not to mention a super fun soundtrack.

I absolutely love this movie.
It's a great way of expressing all the shit that the pioneers, (Jake Burton, Sims, etc... had to go through to make riding what it is today.

everybody should see it.

Jill Oliver

More entertaining than a mere documentary, well-shot footage interleaves present day boarders while telling a history of the sport.

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