• PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jon Kasdan
    In Theaters:
    Oct 19, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 12, 2013
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films

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The First Time Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

March 12, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7/10

October 26, 2012
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An exploration of the high expectations, fears, and fantasies surrounding the act of losing your virginity.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

October 17, 2012
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 16, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club

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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

January 23, 2012
Robert Levin
amNewYork

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 Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

This comedy about two teens losing their virginity aims for hilarity but instead achieves ho-hum status.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 19, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's a hard movie to dislike. But try.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 19, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 19, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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[An] inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

October 16, 2012
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 14, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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The First Time feels slight and pretty ordinary by the end, with no edge or compelling insights.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 10, 2012
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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This teen romance proves perilously short on substance, insight and novelty, unless you count its characters being afflicted with a case of Juno mouth.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2012
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