The First Time Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 19, 2012
It's a hard movie to dislike. But try.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
The First Time feels slight and pretty ordinary by the end, with no edge or compelling insights.
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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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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-