First Descent Reviews

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March 1, 2007
If you've ever wanted to get a taste of the slopes from the comfort of a movie theatre, this film will do.
February 26, 2006
If you're a diehard snowboarding freak, then welcome to your new favorite movie.
December 9, 2005
Woah. Gnarly. How many times do you hear anyone say that any more? Here's a movie for those who can't get enough of snowboarding, documentaries about sports, or people whose vocabularies include "gnarly." Because "First Descent" contains all three.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
Dewable Entertainment!
December 6, 2005
It's a good reminder why going to the local bijou is sometimes better than renting a video or DVD.
December 5, 2005
They're amazing athletes.
December 2, 2005
An adequate if slightly overlong history of the sport, Descent adheres to the same storytelling trajectory as documentary predecessors on surfing and skateboarding.
December 2, 2005
It doesn't get gnarlier than this.
December 2, 2005
At almost two hours, First Descent still moves along briskly, offering something for everyone, including the skeptical crowd that still thinks all snowboarders smoke pot and listen to Black Flag.
December 2, 2005
At its best, fairly often, the movie rises above hammy devices.
December 2, 2005
Vastly entertaining, [if] slightly overlong.
December 2, 2005
First Descent might become tedious for anyone wondering what all the fuss is about. But for those who have felt the thrill of carving an "S" down the side of a mountain on a snowboard, this movie is cheaper than a lift ticket.
December 2, 2005
What should have been a thrilling 90-minute sport adventure runs on for 20 more repetitive minutes. First Descent is exciting, but less would surely have been more.
December 2, 2005
Equal parts historical retrospective and ESPN-style thrill ride.
December 2, 2005
It's a sweaty-palmed blast watching the five daredevils risk their lives to be the first person to hurtle down what was thought to be unridable terrain. Hold your breath and hang on.
December 2, 2005
A sports documentary that occasionally veers toward becoming a lovesick advertisement for a popular sport but winds up celebrating with sweet earnestness the headstrong individual and his or her community of likeminded renegades.
December 2, 2005
This is good fun and exciting material hosted by a number of engaging personalities (whose ages range from 17 to 40) who have all achieved the central dream of humankind: making a living on their own terms doing a thing that they love.
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