Goodbye First Love Reviews

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
July 27, 2012
Love hurts. Especially when you're 15.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2012
"Goodbye First Love" is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
Hansen-Løve films with an eye toward discovering and rediscovering these characters in pure moments of simple, poignant humanity - wading in a river, clambering over rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 7, 2012
The first half, with its woozy romanticism, is spectacular, but it begins to lose its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 25, 2012
"Goodbye First Love" is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 11, 2012
Writer-director, Mia Hansen-Løve, whose third feature this is, has addressed her subject with complete emotional confidence.
Patrick Z. McGavin
Boston Phoenix
May 10, 2012
The autobiographical third feature from French director Mia Hansen-Løve limns the ecstasy and tumult of youthful, sometimes self-destructive passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 10, 2012
This is an easy movie to spoil. It's rather plotless. But things happen in precisely the way that life happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 5, 2012
It's as precise and ultimately as undefined as life itself.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 5, 2012
At once a paean and a eulogy to that unforgettable first love, Mia Hansen-Løve's latest feature is a refreshingly frank look at young adult relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 4, 2012
Hansen-Løve deftly captures all the emotions of a time when the shortest separation feels like an eternity and the slightest misunderstanding a calamity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 3, 2012
The young stars may irritate as many viewers as they delight, but their rather stroppy chemistry is convincing and memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
May 3, 2012
Créton has the doe-like Rohmer face, and Hansen-Løve has the cool Rohmer touch - the one that lends grandeur to tales of middle-class Parisian heartache.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
May 3, 2012
A small, sweet film that tells an old story with some new twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 3, 2012
The unromantic pain and euphoria of love are instantly revived in this outstanding film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Omer Ali
Little White Lies
May 3, 2012
An honest, universal portrayal of early infatuation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2012
[A] acute drama of young romance and passionate sex, as well as what you learn when you lose both.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 2, 2012
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a powerfully emotional and refreshingly unsentimental coming-of-age drama with a terrific central performance from Lola Creton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 1, 2012
'Goodbye First Love' offers a rewarding lesson that life isn't like a movie and that, when a movie is like life, it can come with life's banalities and frustrations as well as its surprises and pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
April 30, 2012
Conjures poignancy, grace and a feel for symbolic seasonal change that's positively Renoir-esque.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Jonathan Romney
Screen International
May 30, 2012

Screen International
May 29, 2012
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