Fast Times At Ridgemont High Reviews

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Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News
August 12, 2015
What it doesn't have is a clear point of view, something that would make it of more interest than leafing through a high school yearbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 13, 2009
Director Amy Heckerling has failed to provide the raunch or poignancy that would interest young moviegoers, all of whom have seen American Graffiti and its 467 imitators. Ridgemont High? A nice place to visit, but who would want to transfer there?
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James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
Fast Times will always be remembered for one thing: showing respect for and insight into the members of its core audience, something that was as rare in the 1980s as it is today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
July 18, 2007
The nice thing is that Crowe and director Amy Heckerling have provided something pleasant to observe in all of these characters though they really are sadly lacking in anything gripping.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
Was never all it was cracked up to be.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lacks the frenzied energy which allowed Porky's to beat all competitors in its field.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
How could they do this to Jennifer Jason Leigh? How could they put such a fresh and cheerful person into such a scuz-pit of a movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A jumbled but appealing teen-age comedy with something of a fresh perspective on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5