First Descent Reviews

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December 5, 2005
They're amazing athletes.
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
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
While snowboarding enthusiasts will eat up every minute of its two-hour running time, it's thin stuff for the unconverted.
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
The endless snowboarding depicted in First Descent was probably much more fun to do than it is to watch.
December 2, 2005
Vastly entertaining, [if] slightly overlong.
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
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
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.
December 2, 2005
As documentaries about extreme sports go, First Descent seems a middle-range effort.
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.
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