First Descent Reviews

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November 24, 2011
March 22, 2011
Despite some moments of truly athletic beauty First Descent is a fairly empty sports documentary that celebrates the gloss of the lifestyle, but doesn't do much to try and get under its skin.
May 12, 2006
February 4, 2006
If this had been an IMAX film, it could have been even more spectacular. It could also have been forty-five minutes shorter.
December 9, 2005
The history of snowboarding as a sport might be interesting if anybody really knew anything about it, but if this movie is any indication, no one does
December 8, 2005
If you're not a fan of the sport, this docu-mercial will be mostly uphill.
December 8, 2005
The end result isn't hard to rethink as Surfer Dudes on Ice.
December 6, 2005
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December 6, 2005
First Descent comes off as an overlong, overstuffed promo for an 'industry' that hasn't needed promoting since the movie's target audience was in diapers.
December 3, 2005
I don't need Dave Grohl's screaming to convince me Hkonsen's 60 degree plunge down a 7,000 foot peak is super awesome.
December 3, 2005
Though I admire the athletes, the film failed to capture my interest in them or the sport.
December 2, 2005
While snowboarding enthusiasts will eat up every minute of its two-hour running time, it's thin stuff for the unconverted.
December 2, 2005
The endless snowboarding depicted in First Descent was probably much more fun to do than it is to watch.
December 2, 2005
An overlong and surprisingly dull documentary about snowboarding.
December 2, 2005
Adrenaline rules, dude. If only the movie would give the audience more of it.
December 2, 2005
There's probably a good snowboarding movie coming some day. This isn't it.
December 2, 2005
but the filmmakers feel compelled to turn it into a be-all, end-all piece with a history lesson of the sport that feels curiously incomplete and superficial.
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