The First Time Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 12, 2013
I'm going to give it a seven because of the two stars. They're so darned likable that they make the film's shortcomings seem unimportant.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
October 26, 2012
For a film that's treading the same territory as American Pie, The First Time lends a bit of dignity to the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 19, 2012
Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 18, 2012
No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 18, 2012
An exploration of the high expectations, fears, and fantasies surrounding the act of losing your virginity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 17, 2012
A maturity and emotional intelligence not usually associated with the genre. Don't let it get lost among the louder, shinier releases of the movie weekend.
Top Critic
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 16, 2012
Something of a wonder, a palm-size ball of banter and irony and earnestness that never stops rolling and almost never misses the sweet spots.
Top Critic
Noel Murray
AV Club
January 23, 2012
The highest praise that I can give to this movie is that in the first fifteen minutes, I was rolling my eyes at these kids, and by the end, I was eager to re-watch that opening scene, to get to know them all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Levin
amNewYork
October 20, 2012
when it comes to insight into being a teen in this day an age, or any of the other traits that set the best high school movies apart, The First Time comes up empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 19, 2012
This comedy about two teens losing their virginity aims for hilarity but instead achieves ho-hum status.
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 19, 2012
It's a hard movie to dislike. But try.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2012
There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 19, 2012
[An] inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 16, 2012
Writer-director Jonathan Kasdan can't even bother to satisfy the buildup with a real moment of consummation (welcome to the fade to black) or believable postcoital complications.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 14, 2012
Sex and love are both novel experiences for two high schoolers in this talky affair that suggests a hybrid of Before Sunset and Some Kind of Wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
The First Time feels slight and pretty ordinary by the end, with no edge or compelling insights.
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 23, 2012
This teen romance proves perilously short on substance, insight and novelty, unless you count its characters being afflicted with a case of Juno mouth.
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