At First Light Reviews

February 9, 2019
At First Light isn't a lousy sci-fi picture; its worst offence is taking up time better spent watching movies that leave lasting impressions.
November 28, 2018
Whether you know it or not, kids, you've now got your own generation's Close Encounters of The Third Kind.
October 17, 2018
The actors, a pronounced sense of setting, and Stone's impressive style results in a film that's more memorable than most cynically tossed off young-adult cash grabs.
October 17, 2018
Stone has crafted an intelligent, low key sci-fi thriller, that explores big subjects despite running out of steam toward the finish.
October 5, 2018
The actors are fine, though the drab screenplay does them no favours.
September 27, 2018
Pellerin and Scott are such deeply compelling performers that you are likely to forgive the familiarity of the lovers-on-the-run, first-contact narratives.
April 18, 2018
There are superpowers and moments of awe -- but the focus on Sean's character and his acceptance of change keeps everything here admirably down to earth.
April 17, 2018
A beautiful example of small scale filmmaking which, by working well within its limits, manages to achieve much more than one might expect.
March 19, 2018
First Light nimbly condenses similar, more complicated stories for a greater storytelling accomplishment.
March 19, 2018
Stone's movie is one of the most frustrating kinds to run into while covering a festival comprised of upcoming filmmakers, the calling card project.
March 12, 2018
Try as I might, I just wasn't all that invested in the fate of Alex and Sean or their own private close encounter with the third kind. Which is a shame as the filmmaker shows a keen flair for an interesting visual and aural palette.
March 12, 2018
"First Light" doesn't invent anything new, per se, but somehow, in splicing elements from other movies, it fails to achieve the emotional core of its own formula.
March 12, 2018
Lacking the flash of big-budget blockbusters or the originality of a uniquely imagined world instead leaves First Light trying to make the best of overly familiar sci-fi themes.